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Limuru crash pilot spoke to air control minutes before crash

01 June 2015, 08:40 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The pilot of a plane that crashed in Limuru Sunday, killing him in the process was in touch with air traffic control minutes before his death.

The pilot, police announced, spoke to air traffic control minutes before the crash but the reasons for the conversation as well as the timing could not be explained by police.

" He spoke to air traffic control but that at the moment is all we can give you," a senior police officer that did not want to be named told News24.

The deceased pilot died at the scene and was described by police as Phineous Koech Kiplimo.

Eyewitnesses say they spotted the plane flying low shortly before the accident.

The weather was cloudy and there was fog and light rains, making visibility difficult.

Patrick Mungain, whose house the plane crashed into partly, said he heard a loud bang outside his house only to see the plane crashed on his son's house.

His daughter in-law and a two-week old grandchild were in the house and both were taken to the Tigoni Hospital for treatment.

The pilot Koech, was on his way back to Nairobi after dropping some passengers at Oserian farm when the accident took place.

The accident also caused the destruction of radio transmission antenna, which meant that several radio stations were off air Sunday.

Radio Africa Limited Chief Executive Officer Patrick Quarcoo confirmed that his stations; KISS 100, Classic 105, Radio Jambo, East FM and KISS TV were off air after the air crash.

" TV and radio antennas, microwave links and feeder cables have been affected by the crash," he said in a statement, " however, our technical team is on site assessing the damage and working on a backup plan to ensure that we will be back on-air in the affected areas by tomorrow (Monday) morning."

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