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‘We are hopeful they are alive’ kin of those aboard missing plane say

Relatives have converged at the Weston Hotel in Nairobi, where they have undergone counselling/MOSES MUOKI

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 6 – “I am still hopeful they will be found alive,” were the words of Charity Wafula who is among relatives waiting to know the fate of their loved ones who were on board the Nairobi-bound aircraft from Kitale that has been missing since Tuesday evening.

Her brother Robin Wafula had travelled to their maternal home in Kitale.

“I spoke to him in the morning. He didn’t have anything like last a moment statement. He sounded normal,” she told Capital FM News.

She is aware of the complexity surrounding the search and rescue operation but says, “If the government can do something, let them do it. We are still praying as a family and we know we will get him alive.”

Her brother, the father of a five-year-old boy, is among eight passengers and two pilots who were on board the flight.

So far, they say the information about the search and rescue operation is scanty, but they remain optimistic that it will be positive.

“They can save them if they speed up the search,” she said recalling that her brother “is a calm, jovial and a cool guy.”

Relatives have converged at the Weston Hotel in Nairobi, where they have undergone counselling.

The Cessna plane belonging to FlySax and operated by East African Safari Air Express had 10 people on board and went off radar at 5.20pm Tuesday.

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The aircraft departed from Kitale destined for Nairobi at 4.05pm carrying eight passengers and two crew members.

The search by a multi-agency team drawn from Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Aircraft Investigation Department, Kenya Wildlife Service, National Police Service among others is currently concentrated within the Aberdare Forest.

The crisis centre number is +254 706 305 305.

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