Crashed aircraft was not faulty, investigators say
31 July 2015, 11:46
Nanyuki - A four-seater chopper that crashed at Karuga trading center in Laikipia County Wednesday did not have any indication of mechanical failure, investigators have said.
The aircraft, 5Y-HCC owned by Helicopter Charter (EA) Ltd, allegedly experienced difficulties as it made attempts to land, forcing it to crash-land at the trading centre.
“The chopper looks new and its flight manifest also shows little activity. We are however continuing with investigations and are leaving nothing to chance,” said one of the investigators who sought anonymity.
Area Administration Police Commander, Daniel Masab, had said the pilot was trying to land when the helicopter’s propeller developed problems as it tried to land.
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The occupants were going to lay a wreath of flowers on a grave of their colleague who died two weeks ago.
The three Netherlands Nationals who survived the crash were present at the crash site when the aircraft was being crane lifted into a lorry by the investigators.
The chopper was taken to Helicopter Charter (EA) Ltd workshop in Nakuru County for further investigation and will be repaired once the investigations are complete.
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