July 24th 2017

Business / News

Three citizen TV crew members injured in a light aircraft crash on way to cover NASA rally

Witnesses said they heard the plane coming down with a funny sound. “It roared funnily before it crashed and rolled disintegrating moments after take-off,” said a witness. The scene of the crash is about two kilometres from the airport.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 12 Jul 2017 16:10 EAT

Kibera residents at the scene where a plane carrying journalists crashed today.

A light aircraft carrying Citizen TV crew crash landed in Kibera moments after taking off from Wilson Airport. The 6-seater plane, a Cessna 206 crashed near the National Housing Corporation Houses along the Southern Bypass in Kibera. The plane was badly damaged and the journalists, who sustained injuries, were rushed to Nairobi West Hospital, but are said to be stable in condition.

The crew who included two reporters and a camera man were on their way to Kabarak to cover a National Super Alliance (NASA) rally that was being addressed by NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga, and principals Musalia Mudavadi and Isaac Ruto among others.

The NASA team is on a campaign tour of Baringo County where it is scheduled to hold rallies in Tiaty, Kabarnet and Eldama Ravine. The alliance leaders were already on the ground as the rallies commenced when the accident happened at about 1.30pm.

Witnesses said they heard the plane coming down with a strange sound. “It roared funnily before it crashed and rolled disintegrating moments after take-off,” said a witness. The scene of the crash is about two kilometres from the airport.

National Police Airwing Commandant Rodgers Mbithi confirmed the victims had been rescued. Kenya Red Cross said it was responding to the scene.

Citizen TV on line edition said all on board the ill-fated plane are safe and have been taken to hospital for check-up.

Meanwhile Raila Odinga expressed sympathy to the CTV crew on learning that their plane had crashed on their way to their NASA rallies.

"On behalf of the National Super Alliance and myself, I extend deep sympathy, best wishes and prayers for quick recovery to the journalists from the Royal Media Services who sustained injuries today when their plane crashed shortly after taking off  from Nairobi." he said

In a statement to the newsrooms, Mr Odinga also confirmed names of the TV crew who included  Mauritius Oduor, Sam Ogina from Citizen TV and Joseph Njane from Radio Citizen who were on their way to cover the NASA rallies in Baringo when their plane crashed.

"This accident reminds us of the sacrifices journalists face daily in their quest to keep our citizens informed, an effort we sometimes take for granted until an incident like today’s happens. We thank God for  saving their lives and we assure the reporters, the Kenyan media fraternity and the Royal Media family in particular that our thoughts and prayers are with them.

"It is my hope and prayer that we will see Oduor, Ogina and Njane back on the campaign trail before Election Day" said NASA flag bearer.

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