Updates on the FlySAX Cessna C208, 5Y-CAC Plane that Crashed in Aberdares

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Yesterday evening at 1720hrs JKIA control tower reported that it had lost contact with a light aircraft, registration 5Y-CAC C208.

An earlier photo of the Cessna C208, 5Y-CAC that crashed in the Abersdares.

The plane, operated by SAX (East African Safari Air Express Limited), had departed from Kitale at 1605hrs and was headed to Nairobi. On board were 8 passengers and 2 crew.

However, a conflicting statement from Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) states that the aircraft was last seen on radar at 1402hrs at 40 nautical miles from Nairobi, flying at 11,000ft above sea level.

Information from phone signals indicate that plane disappeared somewhere around Kinangop, in the Aberdare ranges.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the the plane was diverted to JKIA, the original destination being Wilson Airport.

Search and rescue teams from KWS, Kenya Civil Aviation and Air Craft Accident Investigation Department were dispatched to aid in locating the plane and rescue those on board.

However, late yesterday evening KCAA paused the search and rescue mission due to darkness and unfavourable weather. The mission resumed today at first light. Although mission heads say bad weather is hampering progress.

Meanwhile a Red Cross vehicle ferrying personnel to aid in search and rescue was involved in an accident.

The vehicle collided head-on with a lorry in Kariamu, near Ol Kalou. Three people sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Nakuru General hospital for treatment.

8 others who sustained minor injuries were treated and discharged at JM Memorial hospital, Ol Kalou.

Latest Update:

6th June 2018:

The SAX flight 5Y-CAC wreckage has been located but search and rescue called off again (24 hours after the crash) due to deteriorating weather.

Nyandarua County Commissioner said search will resume tomorrow (Thursday) at 0600hrs.

One of the choppers involved in the search and rescue mission

7th June 2018:

Wreckage of the ill-fated FlySax 5Y-CAC plane was this morning sighted in the Aberdares by aerial search teams.

Wreckage of the Cessna C208, 5Y-CAC. Photo: Courtesy of Eric Njoka

According to Nyandarua County Commisioner Boaz Cherotich, the wreckage was sighted at the peak of the ranges.

Red Cross personnel and other emergency responders at the scene of the plane crash

Unfortunately, there are no survivors and families of the deceased have been duly noted.

The plane was captained by Barbara Kamau. Her First Officer was Jean Mureithi.

Pilot Barbara Kamau and First Officer Jean Mureithi

The 8 passengers are Ahmed Ali Abdi, Mr Karaba Sailah Waweru Muiga, Mr Khetia Kishani, Mr Matakasakarai Thamani, Mr Matakatekei Paula, Mr George Ngugi Kinyua, Mr Pinuertorn Ronald, and Mr Robinson Wafula.

Among the 8 passengers on board were three foreigners; a father and son from the Caribbean. The rest were Kenyan Nationals

SAX has designated Weston Hotel as the crisis centre where relatives and next of kin of the passengers and crew can convene for more information.

For inquiries or more information, use the crisis number +254706305305

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