KCAA investigating rise in aircraft accidents

September 15, 2016 2:55 pm
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Two of the accidents involved State aircraft operated by the National Police Service - Airwing, while the other two involved civilian aircraft/FILE
Two of the accidents involved State aircraft operated by the National Police Service – Airwing, while the other two involved civilian aircraft/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 15 – The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) says it’s investigating the cause of the four aircraft accidents that have occurred in Kenya’s airspace in the last few weeks.

The Authority says it is concerned about the accidents and is looking into ways to reduce them.

The Authority’s Corporate Communication Manager Salim Bakari says the outcome of the accident investigations will greatly assist in mitigation measures that will be shared with all operators and crew.

Two of the accidents involved State aircraft operated by the National Police Service – Airwing, while the other two involved civilian aircraft.

“Investigations of accidents involving State aircraft, as defined in the Civil Aviation Act is conducted by the appropriate State Authority as determined by the State. In this case, the ministry responsible for the National Police Service shall determine the appropriate Authority to investigate the two accidents,” Bakari said.

Accidents involving civil aircraft are investigated by the Air Accident Investigation Department (AAID) of the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development.

The two accidents involving civilian aircraft are being investigated by the AAID and the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority is fully engaging with the AAID to facilitate these investigations as required by the Civil Aviation Act.

On Monday, a light aircraft on a training mission crashed within Kibiko in Ngong, leaving a trainee and instructor injured.

Police confirmed the air crash occurred at around 10am, when the Cessna plane developed mechanical problems and went down in a maize farm.

The accident came days after four police officers were injured after their helicopter crashed while on a routine patrol mission in Nairobi.

The Augustana Westlands helicopter which was unveiled in April this year at the National Police Service Airwing was overflying Mathare slums when it crashed within the National Youth Service field on Thursday afternoon.

On the same day, a woman was killed and five others injured when a light aircraft burst into flames after takeoff at the Naivasha airstrip.

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