June 19, 2018

FlySax issues statement on crash victims

Relatives were on Friday (8/6/18) able to positively identify all victims involved in the Tuesday evening FlySax aircraft crash that left all 10 occupants dead.

According to a FlySax official Mohammed Ahmed, a DNA test and post mortem exercise will follow to ensure certainty as family members proceed with burial arrangements.

“Priority will be given to the body of the Muslim faithful so that the relatives can proceed with burial this afternoon,” said Ahmed at the Lee Funeral home in Nairobi.

Forensic experts and pathologists were at hand with counsellors also present to offer emotional support to the families.

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.

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