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Wildlife Services pilot dies in plane crash

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A Kenya Wildlife Services pilot died in a plane crash in Kajiado on Thursday.

A statement from KWS said the incident occurred at 7:38am at Orly Strip in Magadi during a routine training exercise.

“The plane was an AutoGyro aircraft model MTOSport 2010, registration 5Y-KWV which is used for park patrols,” the agency said.

The plane was burnt on crashing.

Investigations are underway to establish the cause of the accident.

Though KWS did not reveal the identity of the pilot, their statement expressed condolence to the deceased’s family, friends and colleagues.

The statement by KWS reads,

“TODAY KWS IS SAD TO CONFIRM WE UNFORTUNATELY SUFFERED AN AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT AT 07:38AM THAT RESULTED IN ONE FATALITY AND THE LOSS OF THE AIRCRAFT.”

“THE ACCIDENT INVOLVED AN AUTOGYRO AIRCRAFT MODEL MTOSPORT2010 REGISTERED 5Y-KWV. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT ORLY AIRPARK DURING ROUTINE TRAINING EXERCISES. A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION WILL BE CARRIED OUT AS TO THE ESTABLISH CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT WE CONVEY OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE BEREAVED.”