Sax Airlines Chairperson Charles Wako has confirmed there are no survivors in the Aberdares aircraft crash.
Wako made the revelation on Thursday (7/6/18), hours after the wreckage of the plane was spotted in the Aberdares forest in Nyandarua County.
Two heavy helicopters from Kenya Defence Forces and Kenya Police led rescue efforts in lifting the wreckage, passengers and crew from the scene.
“A mountain rescue team of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has reached the wreckage of the aircraft. Unfortunately, from the reports we are getting there are no survivors. The families of the passengers and the crew have been notified and as a ministry, we truly regret this very sad outcome and send out our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families,” said Transport Permanent Secretary Paul Maringa.
The ill-fated Cessna C208 aircraft was reported missing on Tuesday after leaving Kitale at around 4pm and lost contact with the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) control tower at around 5.20pm.
Captain Barbra Wangeci Kamau and First Officer Jean Mureithi lost contact with JKIA and it is believed that the plane flew into a nasty storm.
In a message of condolence to families of crash victims, President Uhuru Kenyatta said the Government would support them. He asked relevant authorities to speed up investigations to establish cause of the crash.
“I am deeply saddened to hear of the tragic plane crash near Kinangop of a plane leaving Kitale for Nairobi. My thoughts and prayers are with the families, in this moment of grief.
“They will have every assistance my administration can offer, now and in the days to come. They can be sure that there will be a full review of our procedures, so that we can all understand how this tragedy happened,” said the Head of State.
He also lauded various teams that led in the search and rescue mission.
“Let me thank the search and rescue teams. Drawn from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Kenya Air Force, the Red Cross, and elsewhere, they did everything they could. I am grateful for their service,” Uhuru pointed out.
The eight passengers were Mr 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.
Their bodies were airlifted to the Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi.