Kenya Navy resumes Lake Nakuru plane crash operation

Elias Hubbard
October 22, 2017

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

A helicopter with five people on board plunged into a lake in Kenya's Rift Valley and it's likely that no one survived, officials said Saturday.

The helicopter, which belonged to a private charter company, was carrying four passengers along with the pilot, the commissioner said.

Nakuru County Senator Susan Kihika said that three of the five people believed to be in the chopper (names withheld) were members of her communication team.

The copter left Jarika County Lodge in Nakuru town at about 6.48am local time.

The pilot was captain Apollo Otieno Malowa who is said to have flown many dignitaries to various campaign rallies across the country in the same chopper.

A statement from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) said "initial indications are that there are no survivors". The identities of the passengers have not yet been confirmed.

The lake has been sealed off for rescue operations.

The rescuers had to wait for a boat to be transported from Lake Naivasha, about 92km away.

Rescue efforts are underway and the National Disaster Management Unit (NDMU) and Red Cross are on the scene.

Nakuru leaders led by Governor Lee Kinyanjui were also at the Lake Nakuru National Park.

The operation is being conducted by a team of divers from the Kenya Navy.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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