Phone signals on missing plane traced to Aberdares

A flySax plane taking off PHOTO: FILE

Nairobi, KENYA: A 12-capacity caravan aircraft which went missing on Tuesday is suspected to be in Aberdare forest near Kinangop after a signal from a mobile phone believed to be of one of the passengers that board the plane was traced to that area.

According to a statement by Fly Sax, on Tuesday at 1720hrs Jomo Kenyatta International Airport control tower reported that it had lost contact with a caravan aircraft with a capacity of 12 passengers operated by East African Safari Air Express registration number 5Y CAC.

The aircraft departed from Kitale destined for Nairobi at 1605HRS carrying 8 passengers and 2 crew.

Search and rescue team has been mobilized by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Aircraft Accident Investigation Department and KWS.

At present, East African Safari Air Express has no knowledge of the location or condition of the aircraft or its occupants.

Relatives and next of kin have been urged to convene at Weston Hotel for more information.

The crisis number is +254 706 305 305 as they are in the process of contacting the next of Kin and family of the passengers on board.