by Beatrice Ambasa
June 24, 2021

A chopper has crashed in the Oltinga area of Kajiado West sub-county with an unconfirmed number of passengers.

The accident is reported to have happened around 8 am but details of the chopper and the number of passengers remains unclear.

The area DC Morekwa Morang'a reported that as the chopper prepared to land, a large whirlwind occurred causing the pilot not to see the ground.

It is alleged that Such choppers,can carry a maximum of 26 passengers.

The police commander confirmed that it is an Army chopper that crashed 60 km south of Oloopolos.

Kajiado West OCPD Vincent Kitili said 13 passengers were rescued and have been flown to Forces Memorial Hospital in Nairobi.

"This a military operation and we are not supposed to share the information from the ground. The military has taken over. Our duty is to file a signal later," he said.

"We are yet to count the bodies of the dead," said the DC.

Out of the 13, Mwongera said 10 were "safe" while three were critical. This means at the time of filing this report seven soldiers had not been accounted for.

One of the people on the ground said the chopper burst into flames as soon as it came down.

The Kenya Defence Forces have confirmed that the chopper is a Mi 171e Air force helicopter that was on a training mission.