Military chopper crash kills 2 in Kenya

Monday, July 13th, 2020 11:15 |
Photo taken on July 13, 2020 shows a military helicopter that crashed in Machakos County, Kenya. (Xinhua/Chris Mgidu)


Two military officers were killed on Monday when a helicopter crashed in Machakos county, eastern Kenya, a Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) official said.

The U.S.-made MD-530F gunship, which went down at about 11 a.m. in Kanyonga village, was on a training flight heading for Garissa in northeast Kenya from Nairobi, KDF spokesman Zipporah Kioko said.

The two, of the rank of Major, died on the spot," Kioko in a statement.

The cause of the crash was not immediately established.

The chopper is among six U.S.-made light attack helicopter gunships that the Kenya Army Aviation acquired in January, authorities said.

They were part of an initial order of 12 light attack and reconnaissance helicopters meant to enhance the firepower of the military in the wake of sustained attacks by al-Shabab militants, they said. (Xinhua)

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