Five killed in Kenya helicopter crash


A pilot of Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto and four Americans have died in a helicopter crash on an island in north-western Kenya, police say.

The helicopter, flown by Captain Mario Magonga, came down at around 17:00 GMT on Sunday in the Central Island National Park in Lake Turkana, a popular tourist area which is on the UNESCO list of endangered World Heritage Sites.

The cause of the crash is still unclear, and the US nationals have not yet been named.

Security teams have been dispatched to the scene to assist with the recovery of the wreckage and bodies.

This crash comes barely three weeks after a light fixed-wing aircraft came down in a forest in Kericho in the Rift Valley, killing all five people on board.

A local newspaper has shared pictures of Captain Magonga on duty.