17 Soldiers Killed in Kenya Helicopter Crash

Kenyan Authorities have confirmed the death of 17 soldiers in a helicopter crash on Thursday, June 24.

The Military in a statement said the Kenya Air Force Mi 171 E helicopter crashed at around 9 a.m. (0600 GMT) in the county of Kajiado. 

The victims were on a training exercise when the helicopter came down in Kajiado County outside the capital, Nairobi. Six people on board were seriously injured.

A Kajiado County Resident, Morris Kirai Emerit explained that “… the plane came when we were under the hill there. It started making a funny noise, not that of the propeller, it sounded like an ambulance. After 10 seconds it turned and tried to land but it couldn’t. I think it hit that hill and after hitting the hill, it suddenly turned and hit the ground”

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Emerit said he helped to rescue two injured soldiers. Kenya’s military confirmed the crash but did not give further details.

According to the police official, there were 23 soldiers aboard the helicopter when it crashed.

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