The names of eleven soldiers who died in a plane crash in Kenya last week have been released by the Kenya Air Force.
Kenya Air Force Mi 171e helicopter crashed on Thursday last week at Ole Tepesi in Kajiado’s Ngong area, south of Nairobi, with 23 passengers on board.
It crashed and went up in flames during a training mission.
The other 12 soldiers managed to jump from the plane when it was almost crashing. They sustained injuries and were admitted to Kenya Defense Forces Memorial Hospital, where they are undergoing treatment.
Kenya Air Force Commander Major General FO Ogolla has described the fallen heroes as hardworking and obedient troopers.
“They were hardworking and dedicated Service Members which earned them respect by their Seniors, Peers and Juniors. They were devoted, obedient and promising, cheerful and pleasant to work with. The cruel hand of death has robbed us dedicated, loyal and hardworking Service Members who had a bright future in the Kenya Air Force,” said Ogola during the requiem mass held on Thursday.
The departed heroes are WO2 Joshua Obare Odera, WO2 Tarcisio Wandera Namboka, Ssgt Noah Wanyonyi Munialo, Ssgt Bob Kipkemoi Aruasa, Ssgt Anthony Simon Kamuti, Ssgt Irene Wanjiku Githinji, Sgt Josphat Muriuki Maingi, Sgt Steve Ombuka Angwenyi, Sgt Stephen Omarian Omale, Cpl Bonface Ogati Mocheche and Spte Thomas Shekeine.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.