3 Swiss nationals dead as missing plane found

July 27, 2013 4:11 pm
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"The KWS officials found it in the dense forest areas of Aberdare hills.  The government has initiated investigations on what happened"/XINHUA-File
“The KWS officials found it in the dense forest areas of Aberdare hills. The government has initiated investigations on what happened”/XINHUA-File
NAIROBI Kenya, Jul 27 – Three Swiss nationals are confirmed dead after the wreckage of a missing chartered plane was found on Saturday.

Police said the plane which had been missing since Thursday was found in the Aberdare forest.

Speaking to Capital FM News, Government Spokesman Muthui Kariuki confirmed the incident which he termed as unfortunate.

“The three persons on board were found dead unfortunately by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officials,” he explained.

“The KWS officials found it in the dense forest areas of Aberdare hills. The government has initiated investigations on what happened.”

“We are yet to unveil the incidence that led to the crash of the aircraft,” he added.

On board was the pilot, his wife and daughter.

The government launched the search of the aircraft on Thursday evening after it went missing from radar screens.

“The government would like to announce the disappearance of a Cessna type 206, registration number 5Y BUG,” Kariuki said while addressing the media on Friday.

The aircraft was travelling from Rendille in Turkana on Thursday at 1600 hours and was set to land at Wilson airport at 1725 hours when it went off the radar.

Search and rescue operations had been ongoing in Nyeri County (Othaya constituency) where the rescue team was receiving signals from the aircraft.

The private aircraft was chartered by Yellow Wings Company based at Wilson airport.

Also on Saturday, a KWS aircraft crashed in Tsavo National Park.

“The aircraft was having one occupant who has been seriously injured. He is being airlifted to Nairobi for special treatment,” Kariuki said.

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