However, Baker Kiyonga, an eye witness, said that he saw the chopper about 11.00am heading for the hill in zigzag motion during a heavy down pour before he heard a very loud bang shortly after.
A UPDF chopper airlifts remains of officers who perished in another accident last year
The Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF that
crashed on Tuesday morning killing two crew members could have come down
because of bad weather, according to an eye witness.
The Defense Ministry
Spokesperson, Brigadier General, Richard Kalemire, said in a tweet
that the jet Ranger AF302 crashed in Bulo in Gomba district while on a
Sadly, no one is reported to have survived,” he
said in a text.
URN later established from UPDF sources that those
killed in the crash were Major Naomi Karungi, a UPDF Helicopter pilot and Benon
Wakalo, a cadet pilot.
A team of UPDF officers led by Major
Edward Birungi, the Air Defense Spokesperson dashed to Ndeese hill in Ndeese
village to secure the remains of their comrades.
Major. Birungi told reporters that the officers
were heading to Kabamba for a joint training exercise for air defense forces.
to comment about the possible cause of the crash, saying the army will issue a
statement after investigations.
However, Baker Kiyonga, an eye witness, said that he saw the chopper about 11.00am heading for the hill
in zigzag motion during a heavy down pour before he heard a very loud bang shortly
The chopper crashed completely to the extent that apart from the
wreckage that was littered around the scene, nothing shows that it was for a
The bodies of the crew members were also crashed beyond
recognition. The bodies of the slain soldiers were picked up
by another chopper later in the evening to unknown destination.