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Key Leads To The Sunday’s Chopper Crash

What may have caused the fatal death of Prof Saitoti Hon. Ojodeh and the other four? By Clifford Derrick.

Well, whereas as one can not rule out mischief and sabotage, sources from the aviation experts investigating the matter have so far gathered some interesting findings. Fundamentally, they suggest a mechanical failure on the rotar (rear propeller).

A chopper has two propellers, the big one for upward thrust and forward movement, and the rear one for stability. The two propellers move clockwise and anti clockwise respectively and a chopper’s stability depends on a coordinated rotational movement of these propellers.

For that matter, anything that affects the rear propeller- the rotar’s motion sends the chopper into a spin, and the pilot has only one option which is to abruptly shut the main propeller’s motion. This activity, may bring the craft down crashing, and may be fatal if the chopper is loaded with fuel.

One would expect that the ill fatted chopper had considerable fuel owing to the fact that it had enough for a return flight and had hardly flown for more than 10 minutes. It will be interesting to find out from the investigators how many liters of fuel was in the craft at the time of crashing.

But most crucially, the investigators should be more concerned with the some leads that may help understand the build up to the mechanical failure and if indeed these build ups were engineered or known but ignored with ill intention.

It is understood that the chopper had had some mechanical problems last week and in fact failed to start on Friday. If this is established, was the chopper serviced between Friday and Sunday, tested and cleared for the next assignment? If not, then why the same chopper was assigned this duty without such important routines?

Another crucial lead is the fact that Captain Kuto who was earlier assigned to pilot the chopper did not and instead asked for Gituanja to stand in for him. What contributed to his change of mind, plans, routine? All these could hold a clue to what really happened.

Lastly, a reliable source from Ngong has informed me that occupants of the ill-fated chopper actually had an emergency stopover in a Maasai homestead, disembarked from the craft, went around it as if to inspect it for a few minutes before boarding it again. Less than three minutes after sluggish take off, the machine begun emitting smoke, swaggered before it came down tumbling.

What does all these tell us about the chopper and the occupants?


June 14, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Breaking News -Kenya: Saitoti, Ojode Perish in Helicopter

Kenya’s Security ministers Prof George  Saitoti and Mr. Orwa Ojode are reported dead in an helicopter crash this morning. The police chopper, is reported to have crashed in the Ngong area on the outskirts of Nairobi killing all the occupants including the bodyguards and the pilot. The two senior  Kenya government officials were  headed to a fund drive in Ojode’s Ndhiwa constituency before their helicopter crashed and burst into flames on impact crash. More to follow. By Clifford Derrick.

June 10, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Rewarding losers: Killing Democracy


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The delay in announcing the presidential results by the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission is a clear testimony that the opposition has won the electionsWrites Clifford Derrick  Continue reading

April 3, 2008 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment

British bans Kenyan top presidents men


David Mwiraria.

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 A blow to Kenyan President

Big blow to Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki as his top minister and political allies banned from UK air space over corruption allegations just six days before general election. Environment Minister David Mwiraria and senior MP Nicholas Biwott, a Kibaki supporter, is also on the list.Read more

December 21, 2007 Posted by | News | 1 Comment

The slapped MC sacked


Francis K. Musyimi

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Sacked with immediate effect
Now the man who was slapped by First Lady, Mrs Lucy Kibaki has been sacked with immediate effect. Writes Clifford Derrick.

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December 15, 2007 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

Breaking news: Lucy Kibaki is at it again


 Lucy Kibaki

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Latest news reaching our desks from Kenya indicates that Lucy Kibaki is  at it again, and this time around, it is no journalist who received the presidential slap, but a Master of Ceremony. Writes Clifford Derrick Continue reading

December 12, 2007 Posted by | News | 8 Comments

Kenyan Religious leaders: a herd of Wolves


The Church

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Wolves hiding in sheep’s skin
The Milimani Hotel in Nairobi will be the meeting place by Pro-PNU Bishops soon. Writes, Clifford Derrick Continue reading

December 6, 2007 Posted by | Politics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Steadman’s House On Fire


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Wolf Resigned

It is now confirmed that Tom Wolf one of the directors of Steadman Research Company has pulled out from the company because he reportedly refused to yield to
Government tricks. The company is now in the hands of Joe Wanjui, and George Waititu. Writes, Clifford Derrick. Continue reading

December 6, 2007 Posted by | News | 1 Comment

Murder of Cabinet minister Tom Mboya and its aftermath


 Tom Mboya

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Recounting the death of Tom Mboya

On the morning of July 5th, 1969 Tom Mboya, President Jomo Kenyatta’s Minister for Economic Planning and Kanu’s secretary general, arrived at Nairobi’s Embakasi Airport from Addis Ababa where he had been attending a meeting of the Economic Commission for Africa.  Writes, Hillary Ng’weno in The Nation online. Continue reading

December 4, 2007 Posted by | Politics | 1 Comment


 Kalonzo Musyoka,

ODM-Kenya presidential aspirant

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When Kalonzo Musyoka says he is the next president of this country, he is not lying! Writes, Steve Musango. Continue reading

December 4, 2007 Posted by | Politics, Uncategorized | 2 Comments