President Kenyatta visits KDF soldiers recuperating after chopper crash


President Kenyatta visits KDF soldiers recuperating after chopper crash
President Uhuru Kenyatta visits KDF soldiers recuperating at the Kenya Defence Forces Memorial Hospital in Mbagathi after the fatal helicopter accident. PHOTO / PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday evening visited the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers recuperating after the fatal helicopter accident in Magadi on Thursday.

President Kenyatta wished the soldiers quick recovery at the Kenya Defence Forces Memorial Hospital in Mbagathi, Nairobi County.

At least 10 KDF soldiers died and 13 others were seriously injured after a military helicopter crash-landed at the Ol Tepesi area in Ngong, Kajiado County.

KDF spokesperson Zipporah Kioko confirmed that all soldiers on board the Kenya Air Force Mi 171E helicopter had been accounted for.

“The injured were airlifted and are at the Defence Forces Memorial Hospital, Nairobi… Regrettably, following the crash, we suffered fatalities. The process of communicating with the families to relay the information and KDF condolences are underway,” she said in a statement.

The Kenya Air Force Mi 171E helicopter with a capacity of 24 was on a training mission when it crashed.

Speaking to Citizen TV, Kenya Air Force Commander Major General Francis Ogolla said the helicopter departed the Moi Airbase at 8.10 am before it crashed at landing several minutes later.

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