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Bomet Governor survives chopper scare, pilot lands on city road

A helicopter carrying Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto made an emergency landing on southern bypass after the pilot avoided Wilson Airport due to poor visibility caused by rains.

It landed on Sunday at around 6pm on an open field by the highway.

On board the Eurocopta AS350 was the Governor, his bodyguard and the pilot.

The pilot, who requested anonymity, said he had tried to find a way to land at the airport — an hour after take off — but it was not visible and “had to make a judgment call and find an alternative field”.

He said it was a “perfect landing”.

PICKED BY DRIVERS

He added that his two passengers, upon their safe arrival, were picked up by their private drivers.

By the time Nairobi News visited the site at around 7pm, a few officers were on sight to man and keep off members of the public.

The pilot said he would only leave the chopper after he was sure there were enough police officers to watch over the whirlybird, which would stay there overnight before being flown off early morning to Wilson Airport.

Governor Ruto was not available for comment.