10 Questions about Saitoti, Ojode Tragic Heli-crash

Posted on June 11, 2012


Prime Minister Raila Odinga at scene

Mombasa411 takes this opportunity to express our sincerest condolences to the families of the 6 people killed in Sunday’s tragic helicopter crash @ Ngong forest, Nairobi.

As we all get down to reflect on this tragedy, as Kalonzo Musyoka, Raila Odinga and the rest of them dust off their shoes from the ‘visit’ to the scene of the accident, it is wise to ask the following 10 questions, which try as we may, we simply can’t ignore.

1. Did anybody else apart from the pilot and security, know of the flight path of the helicopter from Wilson Airport as it made its way towards Homa bay?

2. How true are the claims  from alleged witnesses at the scene who claim they saw fire and smoke on the chopper before it went down?

3. With it being public knowledge that Saitoti and Ojode could be potential targets for Al-Shabab and other terror outfits owing to them being the face of the Kenya operation in Somalia….WAS IT WISE TO BUNDLE THEM ALL IN ONE CHOPPER?

4. Why wasn’t there a ‘Chase/Decoy’ chopper tailing the ill fated helicopter? These second helicopter would have been in a position to secure the crash area and administer first aid etc in the last minutes of the Professor’s life…who knows, how many minutes of torment did these guys pass through before their deaths? All alone, in the middle of the forest…Kenya, we can do better.

5. At what altitude was the chopper flying at as it entered Kibiku forest?

6. Why were the debris scattered so at the scene of the accident? The bodies were apart as well as parts of the craft….is this consistent with a fiery crash-landing or an airborne ‘disintegration/explosion’?

7. There exists VIP transportation within the Kenya Airforce….and as KENYA is at war….wouldn’t the Airforce be the best option to take charge of transporting and protecting Saitoti/Ojodeh?

8. How true are the claims (covered in BBC, CNN and other media outlets) that Al Shabab earlier this year acquired handheld Surface to Air Missiles?…Armed Forces spokesman Col. Oguna is on record as rubbishing these claims.

9. Did the Helicopter have a flight recorder ‘blackbox’. When will we get to know of the contents recorded inside?

10. What is it with our politicians and helicopter rides? A simple commercial flight to Kisumu Airport and maybe onwards a chopper to Homabay would have been the best option not only financially, but also security wise….?

But then again, these are just my questions…feel free to add your questions below:

R.I.P. Good old Proffessor and Wuod Ojode.

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