Pilot killed as aircraft crashes in Kilifi.

Pilot killed as aircraft crashes in Kilifi.

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A light aircraft crash-landed on Friday in Vipingo, Kilifi County killing the pilot who was the only passenger on the spot, police told Baraka FM.

Justus Nyaga, Kilifi area police chief said the plane, of Cessna model was being tested after undergoing routine service, when the accident occurred at 2pm.

Nyaga said the plane was from Kijipwa Air drive, and it crashed near a petrol station in Vipingo, disintegrating into small pieces due to the impact.

“We don’t know what caused the crash yet, but it appears the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing,” Nyaga told Baraka FM, adding that they would wait for experts to explain what might have caused the crash.

The accident brought memories of similar-type accidents including the helicopter crash that killed former internal security minister George Saitoti and his deputy Orwa Ojode in June 2012.

In January 2003, a 24-seater Gulfstream aircraft crashed into a house after snagging a power line on takeoff from Busia, killing Ahmed Khalif, the then minister for labour.

Martha Karua, Raphael Tuju and Linah Jebii Kilimo who were aboard the plane survived.