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Kenya: Light aircraft goes missing with ten onboard

Kenya: Light aircraft goes missing with ten onboard

Captain Barbra Wangeci Kamau and her First Officer Jean Mureithi last communication with the control tower at JKIA was when the aircraft was about 60 kilometres from its destination.

A search for a small passenger plane that disappeared in Kenya on Tuesday was called off for the evening but will resume at dawn, Kenyan aviation authorities said late on Tuesday. It was flying from the western town of Kitale to the capital.

Rescue teams have been mobilised and a search for the missing aircraft in mountainous areas where the signals were located is underway, but bad weather is hampering the efforts.

Some of the relatives drove from Kitale to the site for the search even as teams using a chopper for the mission cited bad weather as the reason for the delays in the job.

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Residents of areas neighboring Aberdares have lost their patience with the police and forcefully stormed the Forest in a bid to locate the Fly Sax plan that went missing yesterday.

The reports further echoed an earlier report by on Wednesday, June 6 that American citizen Ronald Pinkerton was another passenger on the ill fated plane.

The plane from Kitale that had 8 passengers and two crew, members went off the radar at 5:20pm, the exact time it was expected to land at the Wilson Airport in Nairobi.

"At present, the East Africa Safari Air Express has no knowledge of the location or condition of the aircraft or its occupants", the airline said in the statement.