Fijian father and son among victims in missing Kenyan plane; CMFI holds prayer vigil
7 June, 2018, 4:38 pm
THE Christian Mission Fellowship International is holding prayer vigils for one of its missionary Pastor Sakaraia Mataka who along with his son was on board a plane that was reported missing on Tuesday in Kenya.
A statement from the Church said the pastor and his son Paula were traveling from Kitale to Nairobi enroute to Fiji.
Mr Mataka and his family have been based in Kitale for more than 10 years.
The President and Founder of CMFI, Reverend Suliasi Kurulo, said Pastor Mataka was a faithful and committed servant of the Lord and the church would continue to stand prayerful and hopeful as the search continued.
According to Kenya’s media outlet Standard Digital, the 5Y-CAC Cessna Caravan aircraft went missing on Tuesday evening.
It reported that the light aircraft with a maximum of eight passengers and two crew members was enroute the Jomo Kenyata International Airport from Kitale.
It said that according to reports it received, the aircraft’s last contact was at 5pm when it allegedly crashed, 25 miles north of the Aberdare.
It reported that the two pilots were experienced and it feared the aircraft flew into bad weather over Aberdare forest around Kinangop in Nyandarua where its signals were last traced to at 5pm on the day.
It also stated that efforts by Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Air Accident Investigation Division of Kenya to locate it were ongoing.
Read the detailed report in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times and in our E-Edition.