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Kenya Air Force Harbin Y-12 plane crash
Marsabit, Kenya

Kenya Air Force Harbin Y-12 plane crash - Marsabit, Kenya

Marsabit, KenyaThe Harbin Y-12 was on a military flight from Nairobi to Marsabit with 17 passengers (most of them were Kenyan politicians) and crew members on board.

They lost direction of the airstrip because of foggy weather and heavy rain and then crashed on a hill about three kilometres from Marsabit town, and burst into flames. The plane has been split into pieces with only its tail left intact.

3 passengers sited in the aft part of the plane survived.

"People were putting away their newspapers and preparing for the landing," recalled one of the three survivors. "I did not hear the pilot say anything about a problem. It was just a normal landing. I just saw the hill then heard a bang. My foot was trapped between the seats. I could not pull it out. I could feel that my arm was broken." Another survivor helped him to get out of the wreckage. He added: "When l was still on the ground, l could hear some bangs and then l faded out."

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Marsabit, Kenya
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Photos of the crash of Kenya Air Force (10th April, 2006)