Kenya: Army Launches Inquiry Into Crash of Surveillance Helicopter in Lamu

Nairobi — The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has constituted a Board of Inquiry to probe Tuesday’s night fatal crash of surveillance helicopter in Lamu.

The Department of Defence said Tuesday in a statement that the Kenya Air Force Huey Helicopter crashed while on night patrol in the coastal town that has witnessed an upsurge in terrorist attacks in recent weeks.

While the DoD did not disclose the exact number of casualties, the department expressed its condolences to the families of the military personnel who lost their lives in the crash.

“The crew and other military personnel onboard were part of an air surveillance squadron intensifying day and night patrols and surveillance for the on-going Operation Amani Boni,” KDF said.

This incident comes two months after another KDF helicopter crashed in Baringo’s Chemolingot area.

During the July 20 incident, a Kenya Air Force (KAF) helicopter crashed while listing off for a flight back to Nairobi.

The Kenya Defence Force (KDF) said in a brief statement that the utility helicopter was hit a tree while taking off at Chemolingot Stadium.

KDF said all on board disembarked safely.

The military did not give details of the mission and specific figures on those on board.

In 2021, 10 KDF officers died and 13 others injured following chopper crash in Kajiado.

KDF said at the time that that the MI Mi-171E helicopter crashed in Ol Tepesi during a training mission.


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