November 14, 2018

Owners of plane that crash-landed in Lang’ata speak out

Owners of the plane that crash-landed at the Lifespring Christian Centre in Lang’ata with journalists, pilot and a co-pilot aboard have finally spoken out.

Advantage Air, the owners of the five-seater commercial flight, Cessna 206 Registration 5Y-PEB indicated that the plane was in perfect condition at the time of take off; 1:52pm Wednesday, saying they, alongside a relevant authority, are yet to establish the cause of the crash.

Speaking to a local daily, Peter Kamau who maintains the plane noted that it was in a good condition before the incident.

“They were flying very low. The pilot said everything was okay. They did not raise any alarm. Normally, when there is a danger, the pilot reports and lands in an emergency,” Kamau said.

According to Deputy County Commissioner for Lang’ata Sub-County, Philip Lemalasia, investigations have already kicked off.

“The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) are here (Lifespring Christian Centre). They are actually conducting investigations as you can see. We also have the owners of the plane, who are trying to establish what happened. But all in all, what we can see is: if the plane would have crash-landed on the Southern Bypass, the casualties would have been more; the damage, also, would have been higher.

“The place it was able to land into (sic), luckily enough, was inside the Lifespring Christian Centre compound. Currently, all the five passengers (three journalists, a pilot and a co-pilot) are out of danger,” said Lemalasia.

“We are grateful to the people around and the security officers from Lang’ata Sub-County, who were able to respond to the accident on time. The pilot, I believe, tried his very best to avoid crashing into the school (Lifespring Christian Academy) buildings. He was able to maneuver the plane to a distance away from the school’s buildings.

“The pilot and co-pilot were taken to Nairobi Hospital, whereas the Royal Media Services journalists were initially rushed to Kibera South Health Centre before being referred to Nairobi Hospital for further treatment. We are happy to report that they are all out of danger,” he added.

The journalists were heading to Baringo County to cover campaign rallies by the National Super Alliance (NASA).

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