Helicopter Accidents Raise Concerns Over Exam Deliveries in North-Eastern Kenya
In a distressing turn of events, the North-Eastern region of Kenya witnessed its third helicopter accident in just two days, marking a concerning trend in aerial operations. The helicopters involved in these incidents were dedicated to delivering examination papers to various counties, including Garissa and Tana River, where impassable roads have compelled the use of air transport.
The most recent tragedy occurred on Tuesday, November 21, in Masalani, Garissa county, resulting in the death of a teacher.
Garissa County Commissioner Solomon Chesut confirmed the incident, revealing that the teacher, identified as a head teacher responsible for distributing examination papers in Ijara sub-county, was fatally struck by the helicopter’s propellers during takeoff. The circumstances leading to the teacher’s proximity to the aircraft are still under investigation
This unfortunate incident follows closely on the heels of two helicopter crashes on Monday, November 20, in Wajir county.
Teacher dies after being struck by helicopter blades while dispatching exam papers at Masalani in Ijara, Garissa County. pic.twitter.com/OauV708yXT
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) November 21, 2023
One involved a military helicopter delivering relief food, raising questions about the safety protocols in place for such operations. The Kenya Defense Forces are actively investigating the cause behind the military aircraft’s crash, emphasizing the need to address any potential systemic issues.
The use of helicopters to distribute examinations in the region has been prompted by the ongoing heavy rainfall, rendering many roads impassable.
Despite the noble intent of ensuring timely delivery of crucial academic materials, these accidents underscore the risks associated with such operations.
Authorities must now conduct a thorough review of safety measures and protocols to prevent further tragedies and ensure the well-being of those involved in the essential task of examination distribution.