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Development on Missing FlySax plane

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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VIDEO: Uhuru posts 13 new ambassadors to different countries

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President Uhuru Kenyatta today urged 13 newly appointed envoys to promote friendly, broad and solid partnerships with all the countries they have been accredited to.

He told the new ambassadors and High Commissioners to go beyond the routine diplomatic relations and seek greater opportunities that create jobs and training opportunities for the youth and greater markets for value-added agricultural commodities from Kenya.

President Kenyatta told the new diplomats to leverage on their knowledge and understanding of our country to promote the Big Four agenda that focuses on manufacturing, universal healthcare, affordable housing and food security.

The Head of State spoke at State House, Nairobi where he hosted the new envoys to a luncheon before bidding them farewell to their new stations.

“I expect a great deal from you to achieve our agenda. We expect much more than the routine diplomatic relations. I expect results that are better,” the President told the new ambassadors.

He added: ‘You are the voice of our country through engagements that promote good partnerships in trade, investment and the blue economy,”

The President told the new ambassador-designate to Belgium Prof, Jacob Kaimenyi to ensure Kenya retains the big market it enjoys within the European Union.

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Watch Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma:

Turning to Cuba whose 100 specialist doctors have already arrived in the country, the President told ambassador-designate Anthony Muchiri to continue the ongoing partnership to enable training of more Kenyan doctors in the Island nation.

The President told the new envoys to Netherlands and France , Lawrence Lenayapa and Prof Judy Wakhungu respectively to seek greater partnerships with their respective countries of accreditation over the blue economy initiative and which Kenya will be host an international conference later in the year.

The President said France also remains Kenya’s great partner in the green Energy sector and told Prof. Wakhungu to pursue further partnerships with the same zeal she used to eradicate the menace on plastics when she served as Cabinet Secretary for Environment.

He told the new High Commissioner to New Delhi Willy Bett to use his huge knowledge and skills in Agriculture to open the Indian market for Kenya’s products, training for the youth and value addition for our agricultural commodities.

On her part, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Monica Juma noted that the new ambassadors had been taken through vetting and training and she was confident they would deliver on the objectives and pursue national interests expected of them.

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“We expect you to promote, project and protect Kenya’s national interest all the time. In your endeavor to build mutually beneficial ties and strategic partnerships, you are expected to preserve the dignity and honour of your homeland,” the CS told the diplomats.

The other High Commissioners were Kiema Kilonzo ( Uganda), Dr. Willy Machage (Nigeria) ,Mohammed Shidiye ( Botswana) and Dan Kazungu (Tanzania).

Former Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu will represent Kenya at the UN-Geneva as a Permanent Representative, Dr.Hassan Wario at UN-Vienna as the ambassador designate and Richard Ekai as the new ambassador to Russia.

Ambassador Phyllis Kandie proceeds to Paris as Kenya’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO.

PCSU contributed to this story

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Kenyan in Atlanta counts blessings as he owns two successful businesses

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Meet Wilson Kimani Wanguhu. He has lived in the US for 22 years where, besides getting an education, he has also learnt the ropes. Just like many who have relocated from Kenya to US, it was not easy at the beginning. When he landed in the US in 1996, he struggled to pay his fees and sustain himself. “I used to flip burgers and later sold petrol at a gas station,” he says.

But now those are distant memories. His entrepreneurial streak has seen him venture into business and he now sells insurance in the Atlanta, Georgia and water in Nakuru, Kenya.

Wanguhu has put up systems that enable him to run businesses in both cities effectively and his story is an example of the impact of remittances from Abroad. He  says having lived in a country where systems function like clock work, setting up shop in Kenya has had its fair share of challenges.

The former CEO of Kim Media Group and publisher of Kenya Empowerment Newspaper is however upbeat and quite happy with what the has achieved so far. He co-owns Ameritrust Insurance Group and has teamed up with his mom and his younger brother, Ezekiel Manyara, as the co-proprietors of Riftdrops Limited, a water bottling Company with its headquarters in Nakuru.

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“If you are doing well in Kenya, stay there…,” he advises would-be migrants. He spoke to Alex Chamwada in this week’s episode of  Daring Abroad. Here is his story.

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I’d never live in US again even if they gave me $1M a year – Koinange

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Kenyan media personality Jeff Koinange and his co-host Jalang’o on Hot 96 FM took time on Tuesday to discuss how Kenyans in the US live in their new home and how they act when they go back home to Kenya for holidays.

In a discussion that began with Jeff saying that he had met an old friend who has been living in New Jersey for 30 years, the conversation turned to why he would never return to America and slowly veering into the tribulations faced by Kenyans in the US.

“I will never go back to stay in America even if they gave me a million dollars a year,” Jeff proclaimed. “Nowhere be like Africa”

The duo also discussed what they thought were the reasons that Kenyans get “stuck” in the US. They at one point speculated that many in the US go back home only to find that their peers are doing pretty well and feel like they are no match.

Listen to the whole conversation here.

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