Apollo Malowa, the pilot of the helicopter that crashed into Lake Nakuru in October 2017 was drunk during the deadly incident, Transport CS James Macharia has revealed in a report released on Wednesday.
“The helicopter collided with the water surface due to loss of situation awareness by the pilot, who was under the influence of alcohol as depicted from the toxicology results, ” the report reads.
The report on the crash on October 21, 2017 says the aircraft “collided with the water surface due to loss of situation awareness by the pilot, who was under the influence of alcohol as depicted from the toxicology results”. This is according to a report published on the Daily Nation.
It adds that Captain Apollo Malowa failed to recognise the loss of altitude, excessive banking to the left and obstacle proximity from the aircraft. The Flex Air Limited helicopter, type AS 350 B3 and registration 5Y-NMJ, crashed into Lake Nakuru on at 6.37am on that day. It killed all passengers on board.
The bodies of Captain Malowa, Ms Veronicah Muthoni and Mr Anthony Kipyegon were retrieved after 25 days while those of Mr Sam Gitau and Mr John Mapozi – both part of Ms Kihika’s communication team – were never found.