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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, 5Y-KDL: Fatal accident occurred March 03, 2019 in Labolo, Lake Turkana, Central Island National Park, Kenya


NTSB Identification: WPR19WA164
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Sunday, March 03, 2019 in Londiani, Kericho, Kenya
Aircraft: BELL 505X, registration:
Injuries: 5 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On March 3, 2019, about 0834 local time, a Bell 505X, 5Y-KDL, collided with terrain near Londiani, Kericho, Kenya. The 1 pilot and 4 passengers were fatally injured; the helicopter was destroyed. The helicopter was owned and operated by KWAE Island Development Limited. The flight was operated under the pertinent civil regulations of the government of Kenya. The flight departed Central Island, Turkana, Kenya at an unknown time with a planned destination of Lobollo, Kenya.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Kenya. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the Government of Kenya. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Aircraft Accident Investigation Department
Ministry of Transport, Kenya
Nairobi
Kenya
Tel.: +254 770 111 333 or +254 722 778 773
E-mail: ps@transport.go.ke, directoraai@transport.go.ke
Fax: 254 2 822195
Website: www.transport.go.ke


The pilot has been identified by police officers at the scene as Mario Magonga, who was flying the tourists from Central Island National Park in Lake Turkana, when the chopper went down at about 8 pm.



By CAPITAL REPORTER, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 – One of Deputy President William Ruto’s pilots and four Americans have been killed in a helicopter crash that occurred in Turkana last night.

The pilot has been identified by police officers at the scene as Mario Magonga, who was flying the tourists from Central Island National Park in Lake Turkana, when the chopper went down at about 8 pm.

Police said the team was in the company of another chopper that took off safely, but the second crashed moments after it took off.

“Last evening at about 8pm, a helicopter crashed at Central Island National Park in Lake Turkana, killing all its five occupants on board. Security personnel dispatched to the scene confirmed that among the five were four Americans and the Kenyan Pilot,” Police Spokesman Charles Owino said in a statement without naming the victims.

The wreckage was found at 4 am Monday morning together with the bodies.

The American tourists had visited Lobolo Tented Camp on the Island and were flying back when it crashed.

“Available information indicates that two helicopters had landed earlier at Labolo Tented Camp on the National Park’s Island, however one managed to clear the area safely,” police said. 

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