Kenya Defence Forces chopper crashes, kills five soldiers

A Kenya Defence Forces helicopter making a landing. Photo/Courtesy

By Daily Nation

A Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) helicopter on Thursday afternoon crashed and caught fire in Sindar area of Western Kenya, on the border of West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet counties.

According to the police, five occupants of the chopper have died while three have survived with injuries.

The three injured survivors have been airlifted to hospital.

Elgeyo Marakwet County Commandant Peter Mulinge confirmed the incident.

According to the county commandant, the ill-fated aircraft was among three choppers which were leaving Cheptulel area.

It was the first to take off before crash-landing minutes later.

According to the county police boss, KDF has cordoned off the scene of the crash.

Government spokesperson Isaac Mwaura said on social media that a statement would be issued soon.

Dear fellow Kenyans. An official communication concerning the Military Aircraft Crash shall be issued soon.

Let’s stay calm and avoid any speculation whatsoever at this critical juncture.