, NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 21- There are no survivors in the Lake Nakuru Chopper crash, aviation authorities said Saturday as they prepared to pull out the plane wreckage and search for the bodies.
A statement from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) said “initial indications are that there are no survivors.”
“There were five people on board—a male pilot, including three male passengers and a female passenger,” KCAA’s Director General Captain Gilbert Kibe said in a statement.
He said the helicopter is owned and operated by Flex Air Charters run by Captain Bootsy Mutiso, and dismissed some media (Not Capital FM) that it belongs to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Three of the passengers in the chopper were identified as the media team of Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika.
The pilot is also known but the fourth passenger—a lady remain unknown, according to our Correspondent in Nakuru who obtained identities of the three which we cannot publish until the next of kin are informed.
The chopper crashed into Lake Nakuru at about 6am, shortly after take-off from Jarica Hotel in the town where it had been parked since Wednesday.
An official at the National Disaster Management unit said they had mobilized a team to the site to undertake a search and recovery which had not started by midday.