Kenya Defence Forces search teams on Thursday concluded their search and rescue efforts after finding the four missing bodies of Uganda’s servicemen killed in a military helicopter crash on Sunday.
The four missing bodies of UPDF servicemen were found inside the burn-out wreckage of one of the three military helicopters which crashed on Mount Kenya.
The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) said the bodies were later flown to Nairobi by the Kenya Air Force, marking the end of the three-day search and rescue mission. This brings the number of dead to seven.
“All the seven bodies were found within the burnt wreckage of the helicopter, and they were recovered and flown to Nairobi. We can now safely say that the rescue mission has come to an end,” said Kenyan army spokesman Bogita Ongeri.
Ongeri said rescuers had pulled the last bodies from the burned wreckage of the Russian-made Mi-24 helicopter that crashed on Mount Kenya.
Investigators are to continue investigating the cause of the crash though officials have said it may have been weather related.
President Museveni has appointed a board of inquiry to investigate what could have gone wrong and caused this disaster.
The inquiry will be chaired by Gen. Salim Saleh, Maj. Gen. Nathan Mugisha, Director Legal Affairs Col. Ramathan Kyamulesire, Presidential Advisor on air force, Col. Andrew Lutaaya and the Chief of Engineering and Construction, Brig. Timothy Sabiiti.