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TRAGEDY: William Ruto’s pilot, 4 US nationals die in Turkana chopper crash

Four American Nationals and Kenya Deputy President of Kenya, H.E William Ruto’s official pilot Captain Mario Magonga died in a tragic plane accident in Turkana, North-Western Kenya on Sunday, March 3 (AGENCIES PHOTO)_

TURKANA, Kenya – Four Americans are among the dead in a plane crash that happened in Turkana County on the evening of Sunday, March 3

Five passengers – four Americans and a Kenyan pilot died after a chopper they were flying in crashed in Lake Turkana Central Island.

Authorities said the chopper belongs to Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.

His official pilot Captain Mario Magonga was the pilot at the time of the accident and had four American passengers on board, revealed Kenya’s media house, The Standard.

The passengers are believed to be tourists and had visited Lobolo Tented camp on the island’s national park. They had two choppers and one managed to clear from the ground and flew to Nairobi.

As the second one tried to clear, it crashed killing all five on board, witnesses said.

Kenya Wildlife Service officials rushed to the scene minutes later and confirmed the incident.

The bodies and wreckage of the plane were left at the site until Monday morning when plans were being made to fly them back to Nairobi.

It is not clear what caused the accident. But experts were dispatched to the scene to investigate it.
Kitutu Chache MP Momoima Onyonka who is a cousin to Magonga said the family was Monday morning headed for Wilson Airport to receive the bodies.

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