Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Kenya government officials die in plane crash - Tues 6/10/2008

Breaking news from four sources, awaiting updates, more details:

'Minister killed' in Kenya crash

Kenya's roads minister is among senior government officials feared dead after a light plane crashed near the Masai Mara game reserve, reports say.

The prime minister's spokesman, Salim Lone, said Kipkalya Kones had been on the plane. "Police are confirming that all aboard died," he said.

Mr Kones was appointed to the cabinet as part of a power-sharing deal after disputed elections last December.

A pilot and a security guard were also on board the aircraft when it crashed.

The plane crashed into a small hill in the Enoosupkia Forest near the Masai Mara, Kenyan police told the BBC.

Weather conditions were reportedly poor at the time of the crash.

Story from BBC
Published: 2008/06/10 15:46:37 GMT© BBC MMVIII'

Kenyan minister, assistant minister killed in plane crash
Tue 10 Jun 2008, 14:25 GMT

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Kenyan cabinet minister and assistant minister died on Tuesday along with two others in the crash of a light plane near the Masai Mara game reserve, officials said.

Roads Minister Kipkalya Kones and Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Lorna Laboso were aboard the plane with a pilot and a security guard, a spokesman for their party said.

"I am confirming that they were on the plane that crashed. I am not confirming that they are dead, but the police are confirming that all aboard died," Orange Democratic Movement party spokesman Salim Lone said.

Narok District police boss Patrick Wambani said all four people in the plane died.

"The plane came down on an unoccupied house and disintegrated, killing all four occupants," Wambani told Reuters in Narok, 120 km (75 miles) west of the capital Nairobi.

In Nairobi, police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said the names of Kones and Laboso were on the flight manifest.

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Small plane carrying Kenyan cabinet minister crashes in southern Kenya
Canadian News

54 minutes ago

NAIROBI, Kenya — An official with Kenya's Civil Aviation Authority says a plane carrying a cabinet minister and an assistant minister has crashed in southwestern Kenya.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, says some passengers aboard the six-seater Cessna have died, but it is not clear how many.

He said he knew the identities of the passengers on board because the carrier informed the control tower before takeoff.

From Kenya's Daily Nation website:

Breaking News
Ministers die in plane crash

A Cabinet minister is among four people who have died in a plane crash near Enosupukia in Narok Dist ...


Ministers die in plane crash


Publication Date: 6/10/2008

Roads Minister Kipkalya Kones. Photo File

A Cabinet minister is among four people who have died in a plane crash near Enosupukia in Narok District.

Roads minister Kipkalya Kones and Home Affairs assistant minister Lorna Laboso were travelling in a light aircraft to Kones’ Bomet constituency in Kericho when the plane went down.

The other two aboard the plane were Kones’ aide and the pilot.

Mr Kones was an ODM Member of Parliament while Mrs Laboso -a first-time legislator- represented Sotik on an ODM ticket.

Sotik member of parliament Lorna Laboso Photo by JOSEPH KIHERI

Contacted ODM spokesman Salim Lone confirmed that the Cessna plane had four people on board.

“The plane left Wilson Airport headed for Kericho at three o’clock.”

He added: “Prime Minister Raila Odinga is shaken by the news.”

The party has now lost four legislators since the 2007 General Election following the deaths of Mugabe Were (Embakasi) and David Kimutai Too (Ainamoi).

The feared death of the two parliamentarians comes just a day before by-elections are conducted in five constituencies: Embakasi, Kilgoris, Ainamoi, Wajir North and Emuhaya.

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