RUTO SURVIVES A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE AS HIS PRIVATE CHOPPER IS FORCED TO CRASH LAND ON THE SOUTHERN BY-PASS…PHOTOS

The helicopter that made an emergency landing in Dagoreti on Sunday evening due to bad weather had previously crashed on December 17, 2011 at Kaptarkok School in Keiyo.

The Eurocopter AS 350 B2, then owned by Heliservices Ltd, was manufactured in 1998 and registered in Kenya on December 17, 2011.

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The Air Accident Investigation report released by the Transport ministry on June 30, 2014 attributed the cause of the accident to the pilot’s inadequate preparation including “loading and assessment of the helicopter’s expected performance on take-off at the high altitude area”

Five people were on board but none of them was injured. The chopper was unable to sustain a continuous lift after take-off, and made a hard landing on an open field in Mokwo.

DEFECTS AND WEAR

“Also the helicopter’s engine performance at high altitude may have degraded slightly as a result of the internal defects and wear noted during the engine strip,” the report read.  EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

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