At least 17 soldiers dead in a helicopter crash on Thursday, June 24, Kenyan authorities have confirmed.
The military said in a statement that the Kenya Air Force Mi 171 E helicopter crashed at around 9 a.m. (0600 GMT) in the county of Kajiado.
The victims were on a training exercise when the helicopter came down in Kajiado County outside the capital, Nairobi. Six people on board were seriously injured.
Morris Kirai Emerit, a Kajiado County resident said:
“This plane came when we were under the hill there. It started making a funny noise, not that of the propeller, it sounded like an ambulance. After 10 seconds it turned and tried to land but it couldn’t. I think it hit that hill and after hitting the hill, it suddenly turned and hit the ground”.
Emerit said he helped to rescue two injured soldiers. Kenya’s military confirmed the crash but did not give further details.
According to the police official, there were 23 soldiers aboard the helicopter when it crashed.
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