Lamu: KDF Chopper Crashes At Boni Forest

reckage of KDF Chopper that crashed in Baringo County on Thursday, July 20, 2023. [PHOTO | KENYA DEFENCE FORCES]

The Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) said on Tuesday that a routine patrol on Monday night resulted in the crash of a surveillance chopper in Boni Forest, Lamu County.

The Huey Helicopter that crashed was identified by KDF in a statement, however it was left unclear how many soldiers were inside at the time.

KDF has organized a recovery and evacuation drill as the crash investigation process gets under way. Even as experts question the airworthiness of Kenya’s military aircraft, this is the second crash this year.

“A Kenya Air Force Huey Helicopter was crushed last night while on night patrol in Lamu County. The crew and other military personnel onboard were part of an air surveillance squadron intensifying day and night patrols and surveillance for the ongoing Operation Amani Boni,” KDF stated.

A board of inquiry has been established and sent to the scene to determine what caused the crush, KDF added in the statement.

The American aerospace firm Bell Helicopter developed and manufactured the Huey helicopter, a military utility helicopter.

It is both the first helicopter in the Huey family and the first turbine-powered helicopter used by the American military.

It can accommodate up to 14 passengers and has a three-person crew. The Huey helicopter has served in a variety of military and non-military capacities and is renowned for its adaptability and dependability.

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