SAD! Pilot, 4 Foreigners Killed In Plane Crash
A Kenyan pilot and four foreigners have died after a small plane carrying them from Kenya’s Maasai Mara nature reserve crashed in the west of the country, police said Wednesday.
“There were five occupants in the plane and they did not survive,” said Edward Mwamburi, police chief for the Rift Valley region.
He said the Cessna plane was heading from the famed Maasai Mara to Lodwar, near Lake Turkana, which is also popular with tourists.
“There was a Kenyan pilot on board and four foreign nationals,” said James Mugera, commander with the Kericho police.
Emergency services have been sent to the scene.
In June last year, a plane belonging to the FlySAX airline crashed on the edge of the Aberdares mountain range, leaving 10 people dead.
Kenya has a vibrant airline industry, with national airline Kenya Airways operating internationally and locally alongside successful low-cost airlines and charter companies.
According to the International Air Transport Association in 2014, some 130,000 planes land and take off from Kenya each year, and the country has 35 operating airlines.
The IATA said Kenya’s air transport infrastructure quality ranks 6th out of 37 countries surveyed in Africa.
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