Helicopter crash kills four Americans, Kenyan pilot

Elias Hubbard
March 4, 2019

Deputy President William Ruto's pilot, Captain Mario Magonga has died in a chopper crash in Turkana.

Rescuers found the wreckage early on Monday morning, Gilbert Kibe, director general of the KCAA, said in a statement.

There was no immediate information on the cause of the crash, but the Police Spokesman said an investigation had been opened.

Four Americans and their Kenyan pilot were killed when their helicopter crashed on a remote island in Lake Turkana in a national park in northwest Kenya, police said on Monday.

"Last (Sunday) evening at about 8pm, a helicopter crashed at Central Island National Park in Lake Turkana, killing all its five occupants on board", Police Spokesman Charles Owino said in a statement but did not release names of the victims.

Security teams have been dispatched to the scene to assist with recovery of the wreck and the bodies, police said.

Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka, a relative of the deceased, stated that the chopper was reported to have gone off the radar on Sunday night, prompting the dispatch of a search mission.

He worked for tour company Tropic Air Kenya until 2015 when he left to join KIDL Helicopters, based in the capital Nairobi.

"He went off the radar and they were unable to trace him until about 2am when they found his wreckage".

"[He] was one of the best helicopter pilots that money could buy", Mr Onyonka told Kenya's NTV.

Mr Magonga is described on his Facebook page as a pilot of exceptional experience and skill, having been trained in the Kenya Defense Forces.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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