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PHOTOS: 5 killed in Kenyan plane crash

Police inspect the wreck of the ill-fated plane that crashed in Londiani on February 13, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY

KERICHO COUNTY – A light aircraft has crashed near Makutano Forest in Londiani, Kericho County in Kenya, killing all the five passengers on board.

National Police Air wing Commander Rodgers Mbithi on Wednesday confirmed to the Kenya Daily the Nation that all the five occupants of the Cesna 206-5-Y BSE had perished.

They include three men and two women, four of whom are whites.

Villagers mill near the wreck of the ill-fated plane. PHOTO | COURTESY

Their nationalities are yet to be established

The plane was ferrying the passengers from Ol Kiombo in the Mara to Lodwar in Turkana County.

The craft crashed in Masaita Forest View Village and landed on a farm a few minutes after 11am, The Nation reports.

Rift Valley Police Commander Edward Mwamburi said police and rescue teams were headed to the scene.

The cause of the crash was not immediately established and investigators have started investigations.

In June last year, a plane belonging to the FlySAX airline crashed on the edge of the Aberdares mountain range, leaving 10 people dead.

Kenya has a vibrant airline industry, with national airline Kenya Airways operating internationally and locally alongside successful low-cost airlines and charter companies.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 2014, some 130,000 planes land and take off from Kenya each year, and the country has 35 operating airlines.

Additional report by AFP.

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