Helicopter Crash Kills Four Americans And Their Pilot In Kenya

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Deputy President William Ruto's Pilot Captain Mario Magonga died following a chopper crash in Turkana.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash and Mr Onyonka called on the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to investigate the incident.

Police believe the aircraft went down at about 8pm, but it took rescuers up to 4 am Monday to locate the wreckage and the bodies.

The crash comes less than a month after three Americans were among five who died in a plane crash in the west of the country.

Four American tourists and a Kenyan pilot were killed when their helicopter crashed on an island in a lake in northwest Kenya, police said Monday.

Richard Onyonka - a relative of the pilot and the area's MP - said Cpt Magonga had been cleared to fly several high profile guests in the past, including former US President Barack Obama.

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Appearing on NTV, Onyonka said that the Chopper Magonga was flying went off the radar upon reaching near Lake Turkana.

Security personnel has been dispatched to the scene to help in recovery of the bodies and wreckage's.

He worked for tour company Tropic Air Kenya until 2015 when he left to join KIDL Helicopters, based in the capital Nairobi.

Mr Magonga is described on his Facebook page as a pilot of exceptional experience and skill, having been trained in the Kenya Defense Forces.

"Shortly after take-off, unfortunately, one of the helicopters, a Bell 505, registration 5YKDL, lost contact and crashed on the island", Kibe said.

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