Teacher Dies After Being Struck By Helicopter Propeller Blades In Garissa

A deputy head teacher died after being struck in the head by helicopter blades during the morning distribution of Kenya Certificate of Secondary School (KCSE) examination papers.

Garissa County Commissioner Solomon Chesut confirmed the incident that occurred on Tuesday morning at Masalani in Ijara Sub County Garissa County.

“There was an incident where a teacher died on the spot after being hit by the propellers of a helicopter. We have started investigations to know what he was doing close to a helicopter that was taking off,” said Mr Chesut.

Mr Chesut went on to say that the deceased had opened the examination storage container at the DCC office.

According to witnesses, the teacher was rushing to board the aircraft when he was struck by the tail rotor of the helicopter.

After the ongoing road blockades rendered the roads impassable, helicopters have been deployed in most parts of Garissa to distribute examination materials.

Each of the three North Eastern counties has at least two helicopters for the distribution of ongoing secondary examinations.

Wajir is down to one helicopter after another crashed as it took off from Wajir airport on Monday morning.

At least three people were injured, including two pilots and a local MP.

Another military helicopter crashed in the evening at Buna in Wajir North while distributing relief food.

The military said in a statement that all of the crew were safe and that an investigation had been launched, but locals said overloading was the cause of the crash.



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