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Helicopter crash in Northwestern Kenya kills 4 US citizens, local pilot
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Helicopter crash in Northwestern Kenya kills 4 US citizens, local pilot

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Nairobi, Mar 4 : Four US citizens and a Kenyan pilot were killed after their helicopter crashed on Central Island located in the middle of Lake Turkana in northwestern Kenya, the Kenyan National Police Service said on Monday.

"Last evening [March 3] at about 8 pm [1700 hours GMT], a helicopter crashed at Central Island National Park in Lake Turkana, killing all its five occupants on board. Security personnel dispatched to the scene confirmed that among the five were four Americans and the Kenyan Pilot," the police said in a Facebook post.

Two helicopters are believed to have landed at a tented camp on the island but one of the rotorcraft failed to leave the area, according to the police. "Security teams are on the scene to assist in the recovery efforts. The cause of the incident is yet to be established and the details of the deceased will be released once the next of kin have been notified," the post said.

Local media reported that the helicopter could belong to Kenyan Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and was operated by his official pilot. UNI