Wreckage for missing Kenyan plane spotted
7 June, 2018, 6:59 pm
THE wreckage of the missing Cessna Caravan aircraft that was reported missing on Tuesday evening in Kenya has been found.
Kenya media agency Standard Digital reported that the wreckage was spotted this morning (Thursday Kenyan time) in the Aberdares forest, Nyandarua County.
Standard Digital reported Kenya’s Transport Principal Secretary Paul Maringa confirming the aircraft went missing on Tuesday after leaving Kitale at around 4pm (1am Wednesday, June 6) and lost contact with the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) control tower at around 5.20pm (2.20am Fiji time Wednesday, June 6) with 10 people on board.
Among the 10 missing is Fijian missionary Pastor Sakaraia Mataka and his son Paula who Kenyan authorities said were also on board the 5Y-CAC Cessna Caravan aircraft.
The other eight passengers listed by Kenyan authorities are Ahmed Ali Abdi, Karaba Sailah Waweru Muiga, Khetia Kishani, George Ngugi Kinyua, Pinuertorn Ronald, and Robinson Wafula.
It has been reported that a multi-agency search operation on both land and aerial is ongoing but bad weather is the main challenge.
Two heavy helicopter from Kenya Defence Forces and Kenya Police are set to lead rescue efforts in lifting the wreckage, passengers and crew from the scene although the condition of all members on board is still unknown.
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