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Police Chopper Crash in Meru as Leaders Calls for Probe


Six senior regional security team survived a police chopper after it crash-landed at Kaithe village on Saturday morning.

The helicopter crashed on trees after it had taken off from Embu –the Eastern regional headquarters.

The six among Eastern Regional Coordinator Isaiah Nakoru and Regional Police Commander Lydia Ligami was headed to a peace meeting at Badanrero in Marsabit County.

Two warring communities from Wajir and Marsabit counties clashed after heads of cattle were stolen sparking clashes.

The ill-fated plane is one of the newly acquired planes by the police Augusta Westland AW119 raising concern on the safety of the planes.

According to the eye witness the plane 5Y-NPW crash landed at around 9am at a farm missing a homestead by a whisker.

The casualties are recuperating at Meru level five hospital with police signal indicatingb they are out of danger.

sources indicates the plane developed mechanical problems before crash landing at the scene which is few kilometres from Meru town.

Eye witness Josphat Mutwiri said he arrived at the scene after he saw a pillow of smoke from the plane.

He said he helped in rescuing the four passengers adding two were seriously hurt.

“I was one of the people who arrived at the scene I saw four people retrieved from the plane and taken by a personal car , two had serious injuries,’’ he said.

Police who have begun investigations into the incident had hard time keeping away curious onlookers.

Meanwhile Meru senator Mithika Linturi and North Imenti MP Rahim Dawood have called on Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to unravel the mysterious crash of police planes.

They said they will be waiting for a report in the senate and national assembly from KCAA on the air transport safety in the country.

They said the needed to know the airworthiness and age of police planes after several crashes landed in the recent past.

“They have been crashes of police planes in the recent past and it was claimed by the Interior ministry who procured the planes with questions been raised on their safety.

I call upon the KCAA to do a thorough probe on the crashes, we need to be told if the planes are substandard or whether the pilots are incompetent,’’ said Mr Linturi at the scene of accident.


 

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Isaiah Nakoru Josphat Mutwiri Lydia Ligami Meru Mithika Linturi

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