Kenya chopper crash victims identified

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By Judy Maina, judy.maina@alleastafrica.com

NAIROBI – The five people who died in a plane crash on Friday have been identified even as the search continues to find their bodies.

According to Capital FM radio, the deceased Sam Gitau John Mapozi and Antony Kipyegon—who all worked for Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika as bloggers or media team.

Others are Apollo Malowa, the pilot of the ill-fated chopper and a lady whose name was given as Veronica Muthoni.

The fifth victim has been identified as Anthony Kipyegon. Splintered parts of the helicopter that crashed into Lake Nakuru on Saturday have been found.

Daily Nation newspaper reported that the pilot file and First Aid kits were found on the Northeastern part of the shore and near a sewage area in Lake Nakuru National Park.

The helicopter, model 5Y-NMJ, owned and operated by Flex Air Charters, was attached to the Jubilee campaign team and had left Jarika County Lodge in Nakuru Town, shortly before it crashed.

The plane dived into the Hippos-infested Lake Nakuru on Friday morning shortly after takeoff from Jarika hotel in Nakuru town where it had been parked since Wednesday, according to area police Chief Joshua Omukata.

The team was headed to a Jubilee political rally, but the pilot was headed to Naishi Airstrip inside the national park before proceeding with the journey.

National Disaster Operation Centre Desk Officer Jonathan Kerich on Sunday said the recovery team had identified six spots with oil spill spots on the lake.

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