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Nankabirwa, MP Kamusiime Survive Chopper Crash in Kabale

Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa and Rukiga District Woman MP Caroline Kamusiime have heavens to thank for surviving a helicopter crash on Friday.

The helicopter that the duo was traveling in from Kabale had to abort ascent just seconds after take-off, and return to the ground according to eye witnesses.

Nankabirwa was in Kabale to officiate at the district’s belated women’s day celebrations at St. Barnabas Secondary School in Karujanga, Katuna Town Council.

The event was jointly organized by the State Minister of planning David Bahati, and Catharine Atwakire Ndamira the Kabale district woman MP.

The two women were traveling back to Kampala in a privately hired helicopter Number 5X-KEG.

Ruth Nankabirwa leaving the scene after  the Kabale golf club grounds

After take-off at the Kabale golf course in Makanga, the helicopter rotors are said to have gotten in contact with electricity wires, forcing it into rocky manoeuvres.

The pilot then made a decision to make an emergency landing.

After getting on the ground the frightened-looking Nankabirwa and her colleagues hastily jumped out and were driven off to Kabale White Horse Inn.

A man checking the helicopter rotors after the emergency landing
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Ashraf Seiko Chemonges the Kigezi Regional Police Commander confirmed the incident and said Police are investigating the circumstances.

This is the second incident of this kind in a space of months.

On 18th December 2017 Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, who had come to Kabale to represent President Yoweri Museveni at a church event also cancelled his flight on police chopper, which made a forced landing shortly after take-off.

 

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