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Sh683m police chopper crashes in Mathare North, Nairobi

Four police officers were seriously injured when their helicopter crashed on Thursday afternoon at Mathare North depot in Nairobi, Kenya Police Air-wing boss Col (rtd) Rogers Mbithi has confirmed.

 The aircraft, which had four passengers, crash-landed at NYS College in Ruaraka.St John ambulance transferred the injured to Nairobi West Hospital for treatment.

Wreckage of the crashed helicopter. PHOTO | COURTESY/TWITTER
Wreckage of the crashed helicopter. PHOTO | COURTESY/TWITTER

The chopper is the recently acquired AgustaWestland helicopter at a cost of Sh683 million.

The six-seater chopper is said to have developed mechanical problems in the air and stayed in the air for estimated 20 -40 mins before it nose dived, a witness has said.

Earlier in the day, another copter went down in Naivasha killing one.