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BY ALLAN TAWAI

It is more than 19 hours since the light aircraft operated by FlySax went missing on Tuesday evening as it headed to Jomo Kenyatta airport in the capital Nairobi.

The FlySax-operated Cesna C208 craft, registration number 5Y-CAC, took off from Kitale airstrip in Trans-Nzoia County at 4.05pm on Tuesday.

The plane had eight passengers and two crew members on board.

The pilot and co-pilot were both women.

Those missing  include the pilot captain Barbra Wangeci Kamau and her First Officer Jean Mureithi. The passengers missing include Mr Ahmed Ali Abdi, Mr Karaba Sailah Waweru Muiga, Mr Khetia Kishani, Mr Matakasakarai Thamani, Mr Matakatekei Paula, Mr George Ngugi Kinyua, Mr Pinuertorn Ronald, and Mr Robinson Wafula.

The light craft was expected to fly for an hour and 15 minutes and touch down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi at 5.20pm.

The plane was flying at 11,000 feet above sea level, 40 nautical miles from Nairobi.

Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS), which is part of the search and rescue team, said there were strong indications that the plane went down in the Aberdares, Nyandarua County.

 

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Phone signals from missing plane located in Kinangop area, Nyandarua County.[Courtesy]

It is more than 19 hours since the light aircraft operated by FlySax went missing on Tuesday evening as it headed to Jomo Kenyatta airport in the capital Nairobi.

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The FlySax-operated Cesna C208 craft, registration number 5Y-CAC, took off from Kitale airstrip in Trans-Nzoia County at 4.05pm on Tuesday.

The plane had eight passengers and two crew members on board.

The pilot and co-pilot were both women.

Those missing  include the pilot captain Barbra Wangeci Kamau and her First Officer Jean Mureithi. The passengers missing include Mr Ahmed Ali Abdi, Mr Karaba Sailah Waweru Muiga, Mr Khetia Kishani, Mr Matakasakarai Thamani, Mr Matakatekei Paula, Mr George Ngugi Kinyua, Mr Pinuertorn Ronald, and Mr Robinson Wafula.

The light craft was expected to fly for an hour and 15 minutes and touch down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi at 5.20pm.

The plane was flying at 11,000 feet above sea level, 40 nautical miles from Nairobi.

Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS), which is part of the search and rescue team, said there were strong indications that the plane went down in the Aberdares, Nyandarua County.

Teams from KCAA, Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) and the Air Accident Investigation Division of Kenya (AAID) were dispatched immediately the plane was reported missing.

However, signals from the pilots’ phones have been traced to Kinangop area, Nyandarua County.

Search in the Aberdares went into Tuesday night and was called off due to darkness and bad weather in the dense forest.

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Hunt for the plane has resumed but aerial search is still hampered by fog. Rescue teams from police, Kenya Wildlife Service and responders are concentrating the area stretching to Aberdares forest after signals showed it could be there.

The condition of the eight passengers and crew is not yet known. It is said that poor weather conditions in the Kinangop zone have hampered search and rescue efforts.

Family and friends of the 8 passengers and 2 crew members on board the aircraft have been urged to meet at the Weston Hotel on Lang’ata Road.

Conflicting reports
There are conflicting reports on the flight from the operator, FlySax, and the regulator, KCAA.

KCAA, for instance, says the Cesna C208 craft was last seen on its radar at JKIA at 2.02pm on Tuesday, even before the plane took off from the Kitale airstrip at 4.05pm.

However, FlySax, in its statement, says the plane was last seen on the radar at 5.20pm, the time it was supposed to touch down at JKIA.

The other puzzle is the plane’s flight path and how it found itself in the Aberdare region, which is considered dangerous.
Sources, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the gravity of the matter, told the Nation that the plane was to land at Wilson Airport but it was diverted to JKIA for reasons we are yet to establish.

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The plane was to hit the runway at JKIA through Utawala direction, which, according to other pilots the Nation spoke to, forced it to take the Kinangop route.

The Kinangop route is characterized by bad storms.

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