Two bodies of chopper crash victims retrieved

Roy Lumbe @lumbe_roy

Two bodies have so far been retrieved from Lake Nakuru, 48 hours after a chopper crashed into the waters with five occupants on board.

The body of the chopper’s pilot Apollo Maloa and one of the victims Anthony Kipyegon were recovered from the lake yesterday by the search and recovery team from the National Disaster Management Unit (NDMU). The bodies were found on the North Eastern side of the lake close to where a team of divers found the debris of the ill-fated helicopter.

The bodies were later taken to Umash Funeral Home on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway. The recovery team remained optimistic of recovering the remaining bodies from the waters saying they have already identified the spot where the plane crashed.

“Despite our operations being slow, we have made progress. So far one body has been retrieved and we expect to get the other bodies,” said one of the official.

A combined recovery team led by divers from the Kenya Navy, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the police continued with the search operation in the lake by sweeping every part where the plane is believed to have crashed.

Investigators, however, revealed that the plane might have hit an object before losing control and crashing. They said analysis from the debris recovered reveal that the plane might have hit a tree.

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