Worst fears as signals from missing FlySax plane located in forest

Leroy Wright
June 8, 2018

Authorities said the Cessna Caravan plane which departed at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday from Kitale, was headed to the capital city of Nairobi.

Enough rescue teams, Mr Gitau said, have been mobilised but bad weather is delaying the search.

"The search has been halted due in the Aberdares because of bad weather and will resume on Thursday at 6 a.m".

Aerial search teams spotted the wreckage of the single turboprop engine aircraft, which was carrying eight passengers and two pilots, atop the Aberdare Range, a mountain in central Kenya, said Paul Maringa, Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Transport.

Rescue teams from police, Kenya Wildlife Service and responders concentrated the area stretching to Aberdares forest after signals showed it could be there.

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It lost contact with the control tower on Tuesday afternoon while flying from Kitale in northwest Kenya to Nairobi.

"We are not sure how long the search is likely to take but Njambini remains an area of interest", he said.

The plane from Kitale that had 8 passengers and two crew, members went off the radar at 5:20pm, the exact time it was expected to land at the Wilson Airport in Nairobi.

"At present, the East Africa Safari Air Express has no knowledge of the location or condition of the aircraft or its occupants", the airline said in the statement on Tuesday night.

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