Pilot, passenger killed after KWS aircraft crashes in Nanyuki


The two-seater Husky aircraft at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) hangar. PHOTO | COURTESY
The two-seater Husky aircraft at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) hangar. PHOTO | COURTESY

A pilot and passenger were killed after a Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) aircraft crashed in Nanyuki, Laikipia County.

In a statement released on Thursday evening, KWS said the two-seater Husky aircraft with registration number 5Y-KWL crashed immediately after take-off from Nanyuki Civil Airport.

“The aircraft which is under the National Air Support Department had just completed a routine patrol at Solio Rhino Sanctuary and was enroute to Meru National Park,” the statement reads.

At the time of publishing this article, a KWS team in collaboration with Mountain Rescue were on the ground for evacuation operations.

The cause of the crash is yet to be established but investigations are underway.

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