The Bell 505 helicopter, registration 5Y-KDL that crashed in Turkana.
The chopper crash that killed DP Rutos Pilot Captain Mario Magonga has raised controversies about what really happened. The crash claimed the lives of the Pilot alongside four Americans, Kyle John Forte, Stapper Brandon Howe, Burke Anders Asher, and Baker DavidMar, will be crucial in answering the questions lingering in the minds of many Kenyans.
According to investigations, it is not clear why the Chopper was allowed to fly at 8:35pm in an area that is defined as treacherous.
The locations where the chopper crashed is known to having unfavorable conditions for flying and traveling at night.
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Captain Gilbert Kibe of Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) revealed that the copper lost contact soon after it took off. The pilot who flew the chopper is said to have told the officials that the area was windy at the time it took off.
National Assembly Transport Committee Chairperson and Pokot South MP David Pkosing
What is also on the question is the flight path of the chopper and the strong winds that make it hard for an aircraft to land and take off. The investigations would only ascertain the real cause of the crash.
After the incident was reported, social media was awash with claims that the DP was the owner of the aircraft but Ruto and KCAA have remained silent on its ownership. The only confirmation is that the chopper was operated by Kwae Island Development Limited (KIDL) which Ruto has been using to facilitate his air transport.
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MPs allied to the DP, David Pkosing (Pokot South), Nelson Koech (Belgut), Gideon Keter(Nominated) and Joyce Korir (Bomet Woman Rep) have come out to ask for speedy investigations into the crash. The legislators maintained that it will be important for the public to be informed about the cause behind the crash, to rule out foul play.
Koech, Keter, and Korir warned that the State cannot afford to take the matter lightly since Ruto has been under siege politically in the recent days.