The Star (Nairobi)

18 June 2012

Kenya: Pilots Want Speedy Probe Into Chopper Crash

A team formed to investigate the cause of the helicopter crash that killed the late Internal Security Minister Prof. George Saitoti and his ... ( Resource: Kenya: Team Set to Start Probe into Helicopter Crash

THE Kenya Airline Pilots Association has demanded a speedy probe into the circumstances under which a police chopper crashed a week ago killing six people, including two ministers. Speaking at a fund raising event for the two pilots who died in the crash, Kalpa secretary general Ronald Karauri said this is the only way to end speculation on the causes of the crash.

Pilots Nancy Gituanja and and Luke Oyugi died when the police helicopter they were flying crashed in Kibiko area of Ngong Forest. Others who died are Internal Security minister George Saitoti, his deputy Orwa Ojode, their two bodyguards, Joshua Tonkei and Thomas Murimi. "Kalpa has noted the rumours, speculations and innuendoes that have been spewed since the horrific accident. The only way to arrest this speculation is through speedy investigations," he said.

Karauri said an inquiry must incorporate all interested parties and faulted Transport minister Amos Kimunya for leaving Kalpa out of the team he formed to investigate the accident. He said Kalpa will play an active role in the inquiry in line with its mandate of ensuring a just, competitive and safe working environment for pilots.

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