Taita Taveta: Two Killed in Plane Crash

The incident happened on Monday evening, May 31 while the aircraft, a Cessna 172, came from Arusha, Tanzania, according to police.

Taita Taveta: Two Killed in Plane Crash

Two people have been killed in a light aircraft crash that occurred at Vuria Hill in Taita Taveta County.

The incident happened on Monday evening, May 31 while the aircraft, a Cessna 172, came from Arusha, Tanzania, according to police. Area assistant chief John Lawia confirmed the incident.

The number of passengers who had boarded the aircraft was yet to be established. The cause of the crash is yet to be known.

The aircraft that was reported to have crashed at Vuria Hill in Taita Taveta County on May 31, 2021. /TWITTER

Additionally, Viral Tea could not publish the exact photo of the crash owing to its graphical nature.

The Standard quoted official sources indicating that the plane was carrying two people who died in the crash. K24 however reported other sources that indicated that the plane had carried three people who all perished in the accident

Nonetheless, Lawia added that the two bodies were yet to be identified.

"The crash might have been caused by bad weather, the peak of the hill was foggy. We are waiting for experts to come and assess the situation," he said.

Truth be told, fog is the most common visibility limiter in aviation, with the ability to limit surface visibility to less than 1km. The rapid reduction in visibility occurs, primarily, with advection types of fog – along coastlines or in upslope conditions such as Vuria.

Lawia was in the company of police officers and other emergency responders who made their way onto the scene of the wreckage. Initial reports revealed that all passengers on board had died.

The bodies of the victims will be moved to Wesu Hospital Mortuary as investigations continue.

"We believe there were only two passengers on board at the time of the crash. We are still here searching to establish if there are more casualties," he said.

Taita Hills consist of three massifs: Dawida, Sagalla on the southern side of Voi, and Kasigau in the South near the border of Tanzania.

The Dawida massif is the largest and tallest of the three, with an altitude of 2,228 metres (7,310 ft) above sea level at its highest peak, Vuria -where the plane is said to have crashed. Vuria Hill is the highest peak in the Coast region with an altitude of 2,228 metres above sea level.

Modern Cessna 172's (reported to have been the model of the plane that crashed in Vuria Hill) have a maximum altitude of 13,000ft - 15,000ft. However, anything over 10,000ft is known as the transition layer, with pilots advised against cruising above this altitude.

For long haul flights, it's recommended to cruise at 9,500ft, and 4,500ft for short flights.

The aeroplane has a capacity for 1 pilot and 3 passengers and is regarded as one of the most popular light aircraft in history. It is famously used to train students who are starting out as pilots.

The crash comes just a day after a chopper that had flown ODM leader Raila Odinga from Kisumu to Gem in Siaya County crashed shortly after dropping him and his entourage of four people.

In a statement released by the former prime minister on Twitter on Sunday, May 30, the helicopter, Bell 407, Rregistration 5Y-PSM had dropped him at Kudho Primary School in Gem when it attempted to lift off to create space for other planes. Unfortunately, it crashed.

There were no fatalities as the pilot and four others who on board escaped with minor injuries.

Scenes from the chopper that carried Raila Odinga that crashed on May 30, 2021. /TWITTER