KDF confirms fatalities following Ol Tepesi chopper crash

The chopper crashed on Thursday morning

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers during a recent deployment

The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) spokesperson has confirmed fatalities from the Ol Tepesi morning crash.

In an official dispatch from Colonel Zipporah Kioko, the force confirmed that some of the passengers aboard the chopper which crashed on Thursday had passed away.

Col Kioko also added that all the passengers who had survived were undergoing treatment at the Defence Forces Memorial Hospital in Nairobi.

The KDF spokesperson, however, did not reveal the identities of those who survived or perished from the crash stating that their families had not been contacted.

KDF further conveyed that an investigation into the cause of the crash had been launched.

"All the passengers onboard the KAF Helicopter Mi 171 E, which crashed at landing, at Ol Tepesi in Kajiado County today 24th June 2021 at 9:00 am, are accounted for and have been moved to safety.

"Regrettably, following the crash, we suffered fatalities. The process of communicating with the families to relay the information and KDF condolences are underway. Aircraft accident investigations are also at the crash site to establish the cause of the accident," the update by KDF read.

Statement by police on Ol Tepesi crash

Confirming the incident, Kajiado West OCPD Vincent Kitili confirmed that 13 passengers had been rushed to the Memorial Hospital after being rescued at the scene.

Together with Kajiado County Police Commander Muthuri Mwongera, the police officers also confirmed that the military had taken over the accident scene stating that they were not at liberty to discuss further details.

The officers, however, stated that the military choppers carry up to 26 passengers at full capacity.

The authorities, wishing not to be quoted, noted that at least 10 passengers were feared dead.

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