By Mable Nakibuuka
One Uganda Peoples Defence Air Forces (UPDAF) officer has been confirmed dead and another one is battling for life following a UPDF chopper crash that happened Thursday afternoon, in Entebbe, at Spenah Beach, a few meters from the UPDAF base.
The deceased, according to the UPDF spokesperson Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso, has since been identified as Captain Carol Busingye, who was flying a UPDF ranger helicopter together with another cadet pilot officer when the unfortunate incident happened.
“It is with sadness that we announce the passing on of Capt. Caroline Busingye, after she was involved in a plane crush today Afternoon in Entebbe. We Commiserate with the family of the late and the UPDF Airforce fraternity during this very difficult moment,” Brig. Gen. Byekwaso wrote on her Twitter page.
The chopper which had set off for Kabamba Military barracks for a training exercise, crashed at Spenah Beach, only a few metres from the Air Force base.
Police and other security agencies are still investigating to establish the actual cause of the chopper crash.
“Today afternoon at about 2:15pm a jet ranger piloted by two cadet trainees on a mutual training flight came down immediately after take-off near Lido beach. The two were rushed to hospital to ascertain their health. Our aviation team is on ground to investigate the mishap,” Brig. Gen. Byekwaso revealed.
However, Brig. Gen. Byekwaso did not divulge details about the other cadet who was in the chopper with Capt. Busingye prior to the incident, although further information will be availed as soon as the army issue a preliminary report from their investigations.
Details about this sad story coming up in our subsequent reports.
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