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Five killed in plane crash in Kenya: police

AFP  |  Nairobi 

Five people have died after a small plane carrying them from Kenya's nature reserve crashed in the west of the country, police said Wednesday.

"There were five occupants in the plane and they did not survive," said Edward Mwamburi, region.

He said the plane was heading from the to Lodwar, near

Emergency services have been sent to the scene.

In June last year, a plane belonging to the FlySAX crashed on the edge of the Aberdares mountain range, leaving 10 people dead.

has a vibrant industry, with national Airways operating internationally and locally alongside successful low-cost airlines and charter companies.

According to the (IATA) in 2014, some 130,000 planes land and take off from each year, and the country has 35 operating airlines.

The IATA said Kenya's air transport infrastructure quality ranks 6th out of 37 countries surveyed in

In October 2017 five passengers were killed when a helicopter crashed into Lake Nakuru, while in 2012 a helicopter carrying crashed, killing all six passengers on board.

Kenya's worst crash in recent years took place in 2007, when a flight from to via crashed into a swamp after take-off, killing all 114 passengers.

In 2000 another flight from to crashed into the minutes after take-off, killing 169 people while 10 survived.

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 16:10 IST