A plane ride is warmer than a chopper ride, Bungoma ‘James Bond’ speaks of first time in plane

Bungoma James Bond flies to Nairobi
Bungoma James Bond flies to Nairobi

The Bungoma man who became famous for hanging on a helicopter was today (Monday) flown to Nairobi aboard a Fly540 plane.

Speaking to Citizen TV, Saleh Wanjala said his experience in an aeroplane was amazing, adding that he was pleased with the treatment he received from the attendees.

“In the plane it was not as cold as I had been when I hung on the chopper,” he quipped.

“In the beginning I was really scared, I thought the experience would be frightening like the hanging one but my friends encouraged me to go ahead,” he added.

Saleh was flown in with members of his family for the experience. He noted that it was his and his mother’s first time on a plane.

He also stated that his life has changed since the incident where he hung on a chopper, adding that he is yet to finish paying his medical bills.

“I have been through a lot since I hung on the chopper, I can no longer carry heavy things and I have not completed my medical bills,” he said.

Sale Wanjala, 41, had hung on the chopper from Bungoma Posta Grounds as it took off after a public viewing of the body.

Mr Wanjala, a casual labourer, was seen hanging on the helicopter as it flew away from the grounds, prompting desperate mourners to shout and frantically wave at the pilot to land the aircraft and save him.

However, the pilot could not hear the shouts and flew away with the man holding tight to the chopper’s tabular landing skids.

The helicopter had delivered Mr Juma’s body at the grounds instead of Kanduyi Stadium as had been scheduled for public viewing.

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