Four US tourists, pilot killed in Kenya chopper crash

Four American tourists and pilot reportedly killed in helicopter crash

The incident reportedly happened in the Northern part of the East African country on Sunday.

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

The chopper was one of two that landed on the island, Kenyan police said in an earlier statement, adding that the other aircraft "managed" to land safely.

The wreckage was found at 4 am Monday morning together with the bodies.

Police have yet to release the identity of the victims, saying the next of kin had to be notified first. A rescue team arrived at the crash site three hours later and did not find any survivors.

Its Central Island is made up of three active volcanoes, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service.

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The cause of the accident remains unknown.

Captain Magonga, an ex-military pilot hails from Nyamataro, Kitutu Chache South, Kisii county.

He had previously served as a Kenya Defence Forces pilot, but had been working for a private firm, KIDL Helicopters, since March 2017.

"An exceptional helicopter pilot, Mario has also been the source of strength, laughter and spirit, both in the office and in the air, and we will miss him", Tropic Air says in a June 23, 2015 Facebook post.

It remains unclear what could have led to the crash that led to the death of Magonga, who worked Tropic Air Kenya until June 2015 before he chose to quit.

"[He] was one of the best helicopter pilots that money could buy", Mr Onyonka told Kenya's NTV.

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