Wreckage of missing Kenya aircraft found


The wreckage of a small passenger plane which went missing flying to Nairobi has been found, a senior government official said.

The Cessna Caravan, operated by local firm FlySax, lost contact with control towers minutes before it was scheduled to land at Jomo Kenyatta International airport while flying from Kitale, a farming town in the west.

Aerial search teams spotted the wreckage of the single turboprop engine aircraft, carrying eight passengers and two pilots, atop the Aberdare Range in central Kenya, said Paul Maringa, principal secretary at the ministry of transport.
“A ground team of military specialists in mountain rescue operations was dispatched to the site,” Maringa told a news conference, adding it on a densely forested cliff on the mountain.

He did not give any information on the fate of those aboard or the cause of the crash. Images on local television news showed the plane completely destroyed on impact.

Search and rescue efforts were hampered by bad weather, including dense fog limiting visibility, Maringa said, urging the public to be patient.