Helicopter Headed to Jubilee Campaign Crashes in Lake Nakuru, Rescue Mission Underway


Five people are feared dead after a helicopter crashed on its way to a campaign rally in Kenya, authorities said Saturday.

Part of the wreckage of the helicopter that crashed into Lake Nakuru on October 21, 2017.

Among them are members of Senator Susan Kihika's media team.

Information about the victims or of victims as well as the cause of the accident is not reported.

The chopper crashed shortly after taking off from Jarika hotel.

Nakuru County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha has confirmed that KWS boats from Lake Naivasha are expected to help in the rescue mission.

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Omukatta said some of the chopper's debris has been seen floating in the lake but the rescue team is yet to find the occupants.

NDMU activated a National Police Service chopper to support Nakuru County Disaster Team on search and rescue operation. "Kenya civil Aviation wishes to confirm that there was a helicopter accident this morning at lake Nakuru, initial indications are that there are no survivors".

The helicopter experienced technical problems and plunged into Lake Nakuru, some 160 kilometres from the capital Nairobi, said Nkanatha.

"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.

In a statement, the authority also clarified that the aircraft, which had five occupants; four men and one woman, is operated by Flex Air Charters further dispelling earlier claims that it belonged to President Uhuru Kenyatta.