A Kenya Air Force aircraft crashed Tuesday as it flew from Nairobi to the coast.
According to the Kenya Defense Forces, the Harbin Y-12 aircraft was from the Moi Air Base in Eastleigh, Nairobi and crashed in Voi, Taita Taveta County
It is not clear how many passengers were on board and what mission it had been assigned. Locals said they saw many ambulances rush to the scene of the incident as it was cordoned off.
Department of Defence said recovery efforts were underway without elaborating on the state of those on board.
Harbin Y-12 or Yunshuji-12 is a twin engine light multi role aircraft designed and developed by Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (HAMC) of China.
The Y-12 is principally used for both passenger and cargo transportation.
The maiden flight of the aircraft was completed in July 1982.
Last year, 10 people on board a similar aircraft escaped with minor injuries after it crashed in Dhobley Airstrip as it was taking off.
The accident happened after the aircraft had taken off after delivering supplies to U.N. Amisom forces.
KDF in a statement that all 10 military personnel on board were airlifted to the Defence Forces Memorial Hospital and in stable condition.
“An investigations team is in Dhobley to establish the cause of the crash,” it said.
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