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KDF training helicopter crashes in Kajiado

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 24 – A Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) training helicopter crash landed at Ol Tepesi in Kajiado’s Ngong area on Thursday leaving an unconfirmed number of trainees dead.

Six occupants were rescued from the Mi 171e helicopter operated by the Air Force as a rescue and recovery operation commenced.

KDF, while confirming the incident, did not give details on casualties and those rescued at the time of an initial update issued at 10.13am.

Later in the afternoon, KDF Spokesperson  Zipporah Kioko confirmed fatalities were reported from the accident but did not disclose the exact number of those who perished.

“Regrettably, following the crash, we suffered fataliies. The process of communicating with the families to relay condolences is currently underway,” she said.

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