List of Top KDF Chiefs Who Died Together with Kenyas Chief of Defence Forces Francis Ogolla in a Helicopter Crash

A chopper accident involving several senior officers of the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) occurred during a tour in Elgeyo Marakwet County. The incident, which took place on April 18, 2024, involved a Kenya Airforce chopper with nine individuals on board.

Initial reports indicated that the accident happened during takeoff, resulting in the loss of five lives while three occupants survived. Authorities swiftly cordoned off the area and launched rescue efforts.

Photographic evidence depicted the wreckage engulfed in flames and captured the chopper moments before departure. However, the precise cause of the crash remained undetermined at the time of this report.

Government spokesperson Isaac Mwaura assured the public that official communication regarding the crash would follow shortly, urging restraint from speculation during this sensitive time.

In response to the incident, President William Ruto convened an urgent meeting of the National Security Council at State House Nairobi to evaluate the situation and issue a statement to the nation. The council, chaired by Defense Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale, aimed to provide clarity amid the unfolding events.

Confirmed! KDF Officers who were in the Crashed Helicopter

Confirmed Dead.

1. Gen.Ogolla

2. Brgd Said

3. Col.Keitany

4. Capt.Sora

5. Sgt.Omondi

Survivors with life threatening injuries

6. Capt.Litali

7. Sgt.Nyawira

8. Lt.Col.Sawe

Various leaders, both within and outside parliament, expressed their concern over the safety of CDF Ogolla and the other affected individuals. National Assembly majority leader Kimani Ichung’wa confirmed the crash during a parliamentary session, advising against premature conjecture until further details emerged.

Former nominated senator Millicent Omanga and legal expert Miguna Miguna urged prayers for General Ogolla and his team.

General Francis Ogolla, who assumed command of the military in May 2023, following the retirement of General Robert Kibochi, holds a distinguished career within the KDF. President Ruto appointed Ogolla, a trained fighter pilot and former vice chief of the KDF, based on his extensive experience and leadership qualities.

General Ogolla’s career trajectory began in 1984 when he joined the military, subsequently excelling as a fighter pilot and undergoing specialized training with the United States Air Force. His commitment to professional development led to numerous promotions throughout his tenure.