Pilot killed as small plane crashes in Kenya

November 7, 2009 12:00 am

, NAKURU, Kenya, Nov 7 – One person died and three others injured when a Cessna plane they were flying in crashed on a tree as it was taking off in Mau Narok area on Saturday.

The pilot who was a large scale wheat farmer died on the spot.
"One of the survivor sustained injuries on the leg while two children escaped with minor bruises on their faces," said
Njoro District Commissioner Jim Njoka.

He said the small plane developed fuel related engine problems and came down moments after take off.
“We believe the accident was caused by a mechanical problem but investigations have been launched,” he said.

Mr Njoka said the survivors were flown to a Nairobi hospital by African Medical and Research Foundation doctors following the early afternoon accident.

“Those wounded have been flown to Nairobi for specialized treatment," he said.

Mr Njoka could not immediately disclose the name of the deceased farmer until the next of kin were notified.
Most large-scale farmers in Narok, Nakuru and Laikipia use small planes for transport.
The small planes are also used to spray the vast farms.


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