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2 soldiers die after KDF chopper crashes at Masinga in Machakos

A Kenya Defence Forces helicopter on a training flight crashed on Monday, July 13 at Kityoko in Machakos County, KDF has reported.

KDF said via social media that two pilots were evacuated from the site following the crash of the aircraft, a Hughes 500MD.

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Machakos Sub-county Police Commander Karanja Muiruri said two KDF officers died.

“I received information from the public … my officers responded on time,” said Mr Karanja.

He praised the army for its swift response, saying its officers arrived with 20 minutes.

The military did not give details about the victims but Machakos Sub-county Commander Karanja Muiruri said two KDF officers died. Photo: courtesy

The ill-fated chopper was one of the six helicopters acquired from the US in January, through the United States Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme.

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