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UPDF Chopper Crash: Two Uganda Airforce Soldiers Confirmed Dead

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Two of the Ugandan choppers were partly burned, but the luggage appeared neatly arranged a sign that there was life after the accident.

By the time of the Kenya Defence Forces mid morning press confrence, no details about the two bodies recovered were available. The bodies are yet to be removed from the scene, a pilot involved in the rescue operation confirmed but would not divulge much because he is not authorised to speak to the media.

One aircraft was found hanging on a cliff while another was badly burned, the military official said.

He clarified that a combined team of Kenya Army, Kenya Air force, Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) and a private aircraft from Tropic Air Aviation services were all involved the rescue mission since Monday.

Brig Ogolla said: “The Kenyan military was fully involved from the onset of rescue but had bigger aircrafts which could not manouvre and land near the crash scene at the forest easily.”

He added: “That is why we used the services of smaller civilian helicopter to help in the rescue mission. We are still fully involved in the operation.”

The Kenyan military official was accompanied by Ugandan Peoples Defence Air force counterpart Brigadier Moses Rwakitarate who said the Ugandan government was waiting for a full report on the accident before issuing a comprehensive statement.

But later there were conflicting reports over the number of survivors. One source claimed that there were eight survivors in total rescued and five of them were earlier flown to Laikipia Airbase.

3:42pm: NTV Kenya reports that two Uganda Air Force soldiers have been confirmed dead in one of the choppers that had crashed in Mt. Kenya.

The chopper, which burst into flames, is still smoldering.

A joint team of KWS and KDF officers found the chopper.

Earlier on, the KDF held a press conference at the Laikipia Air Base and confirmed that all three choppers crash-landed in Mt. Kenya. The second chopper was sighted today and all its 7 occupants are missing.

There is speculation that they may have left the crash scene. Currently the officers are said to have reached the third chopper. And this is what KDF had to say about the incident.

2:22pm: Kenya’s Standard reports that at least two bodies have been recovered from the crash site where two Ugandan military helicopters crashed on the slopes of Mt Kenya.

Five other soldiers were rescued alive and flown to Kenya’s military base in Laikipia for first aid and further treatment.

Brigadier Francis Ogolla gave an account of how six the helicopters were involved in the rescue operation.

Two of the Ugandan choppers were partly burned, but the luggage appeared neatly arranged a sign that there was life after the accident.

By the time of the Kenya Defence Forces mid morning press confrence, no details about the two bodies recovered were available. The bodies are yet to be removed from the scene, a pilot involved in the rescue operation confirmed but would not divulge much because he is not authorised to speak to the media.

One aircraft was found hanging on a cliff while another was badly burned, the military official said.

He clarified that a combined team of Kenya Army, Kenya Air force, Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) and a private aircraft from Tropic Air Aviation services were all involved the rescue mission since Monday.

Brig Ogolla said: “The Kenyan military was fully involved from the onset of rescue but had bigger aircrafts which could not manouvre and land near the crash scene at the forest easily.”

He added: “That is why we used the services of smaller civilian helicopter to help in the rescue mission. We are still fully involved in the operation.”

The Kenyan military official was accompanied by Ugandan Peoples Defence Air force counterpart Brigadier Moses Rwakitarate who said the Ugandan government was waiting for a full report on the accident before issuing a comprehensive statement.

But later there were conflicting reports over the number of survivors. One source claimed that there were eight survivors in total rescued and five of them were earlier flown to Laikipia Airbase.9:59am: The latest details coming in now show that it’s suspected Kenyans deliberately gave wrong route information to pilots of the Ugandan choppers.

However, the contingent leader, Lt. Col. Chris Kasaija, being senior later sensed that something was wrong during the mission thus hard landing in the forests.

It’s yet unclear why Ugandans were denied correct information.

9:49am: Kenya’s Capital Fm now reports that the burnt wreckage of two Ugandan army helicopters was found Tuesday, two days after crashing in a remote mountainous region of Kenya while flying to war-torn Somalia, army officials said.

“The aircraft have been found but they are all burnt,” a senior Kenyan military official said. “We do not know the fate of the crew.” Kenyan army spokesman Bogita Ongeri confirmed the aircraft had been found.

9:00am: Uganda’s military intelligence is investigating reports that the two missing UPDF choppers were fired at from the ground before they tumbled down in flames in Kenya.

A crew over 14 Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) Air Force is suspected to have perished in the deadly attack that has rattled the army’s hierarchy

The new development could be linked to either sabotage of Uganda’s aerial mission against Al Shabaab positions, according to sources.

“The Kenyan territory where the choppers were forced down should have been safe. These developments are disturbing,” a source told Chimpreports.com.

The deputy Chief of Staff (Airforce) Brig. Moses Rwakitarate is leading a Ugandan team in Kenya that is coordinating efforts with Kenya Air Force to retrieve the wreckages of the UPDF choppers.

Uganda could have lost billions of shillings in the eyebrow-raising incident.

More details to follow

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