Cockpit recorders to help piece cause of Nakuru chopper crash

October 24, 2017 4:18 pm
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Lunani said his team has been on the scene since Saturday and has been collecting bits and pieces of evidence since then/FILE

, NAKURU, Kenya, Oct 24 – The Director and Chief Investigator at Aircraft Accident Investigation (Kenya) has said most evidence of the Lake Nakuru helicopter crash will be gathered from recorders fitted in the cockpit.

“The recorders are waterproof and their contents will help us piece together what transpired before and during the accident,” investigator Martyn Lunani said.

Lunani said his team has been on the scene since Saturday and has been collecting bits and pieces of evidence since then.

The helicopter crashed into the lake as it was going to be refuelled at the Naishi Airstrip inside Lake Nakuru National Park.

It was scheduled to ferry journalists to a Jubilee rally in Mau Narok along the Nakuru-Narok border.

All five occupants of the chopper, among them three bloggers attached to Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, the pilot and a lady friend perished in the accident.

Only two bodies and debris of the helicopter have been recovered since Saturday.

Lunani said the second body found Monday is that of the pilot.

“I advised the pathologist to take the body to Nairobi for toxicology tests following reports that the pilot might have been under the influence of alcohol,” he said.

Lunani said his team in Nakuru was concentrating on the pilot’s training, the chopper’s safety, ownership and licensing.

He added that it was too early to tell what caused the accident.

“The role of my unit is to investigate the cause of accident without apportioning blame,” he said.

On the flow of information between the search team and the bereaved families and friends, Lunani said one of his primary roles was to keep the families well informed.

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