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UPDF Chopper Crashes in Gomba

A chopper belonging to Uganda People’s Defence Airforce has Tuesday afternoon crashed in Bulo, Gomba district.

According to a brief statement released by UPDF spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire, the aircraft was a ranger number AF 302.

“We regret to inform that a UPDAF Jet  Ranger AF 302 on a training mission has crashed in Gomba. It had two crew members. Sadly, no one is reported to have survived,” reads part of Karemire’s statement.

Cases of chopper crashes are rare in Uganda.

Three Ugandan military helicopters crashed at different sites on Mount Kenya in 2012.  

The soldiers were on their way to Somalia to join African Union forces fighting the militant group al-Shabab.

Karemire today said investigations into the cause of today’s incident have commenced.

“We offer our condolences to the family members and entire UPDF fraternity,” he added.

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