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KWS chopper makes emergency landing in a farm

17 June 2013, 16:02 Joseph Mukubwa

A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) chopper on Monday made an emergency landing near Karatina town in Nyeri county after the pilot experienced bad weather.

The pilot Alex Koech was forced to land between the dangerous power lines and the busy Karatina - Nairobi highway after he experienced foggy  weather.

The pilot had three passengers on board, all KWS staff who were heading to Ol Pejeta Ranch in Nanyuki for the translocation of elephants to Meru National Park from Wilson airport.

On reaching Karatina area in Nyeri County, the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing as it was difficult to see ahead.

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Locals jammed the scene after the pilot landed in a maize and sukumawiki plantation at around 10am but nobody was hurt during the incident.

Koech who has 23 years of experience said it was not easy to land at the area especially near the main power lines and in a foggy weather.

Mathira OCPD Rashid Mohammed who was the first to arrive at the scene said police had to rush to the scene to monitor the situation.

The pilot later flew away after one hour but was forced to return to Wilson airport instead of proceeding with the journey for his own safety.

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