Search and rescue mission for the missing plane to be concentrated at Aberdare forest after signal is traced in the area

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,6TH JUNE,2018-Search and rescue mission for the missing plane  that disappeared after take-off from Kitale on Tuesday  will be concentrated around the  Aberdare forest near Kinangop after the planes signal was traced at the area.

The signal was from a mobile phone believed to be that of one of the ten passengers who were aboard the aircraft.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport control tower reported that it lost contact with the plane at 5:20pm.

The caravan aircraft registration number 5Y-CAC had 8 passengers and 2 crew members.

East African Safari Air Express, the plane’s operator, said in a statement that the 12-seater aircraft departed from Kitale for Nairobi at 4:05pm.

A search and rescue team has been mobilised by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Aircraft Accident Investigation Department, and KWS.

“At present, East African Safari Air Express has no knowledge of the location or condition of the aircraft or its occupants,” the statement released on Tuesday said.

Relatives and next of kin have been asked to convene at Weston Hotel for more information.

They can alternatively seek more details via the crisis number 0706 305 305.

“We are in the process of contacting the next of kin and family of the passengers on board.We pray for the safety of the passengers and of our crew,” East African Safari Air Express said.

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