Search mission for missing plane called off as family members of the 10 passengers hang on hope

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,6TH JUNE,2018-Search and rescue mission for  missing plane that disappeared on Tuesday  in Aberdeares forest in Nyandarua county   has been called off until Thursday.This is after it was launched early Wednesday.

Relatives of ten people on board the light aircraft continue to hang on hope that their  loved ones  will b found alive.

“We were enjoying our food a few hours after breaking our fast when the news broke. It was terrible,” Mohamed Abdi, whose cousin is among the 10 people in the missing aircraft said.

Abdi seemed to have lost hope and instead urged the authorities to expedite the search saying “we are ready for God’s will.”

“It was an accident. We just want prompt information about the search process but we are ready for the outcome.”

Among the tens of friends and relatives was Charity Wafula, who though shaken, expressed optimism that her five-year-old nephew will reunite with his father, Robin Wafula.

Charity’s brother was returning to the city from their maternal home in Kitale and going with their last conversation early Tuesday, he was full of life.

“We are still hopeful and we are still praying as a family. We believe we will get them while they are still alive,” she said at the Weston Hotel where a counselling centre has been set up.

A majority were not emotionally stable to speak to journalists, some would be seen breaking down, others making frantic calls while there were those who were planning how they will marshal resources and join the rescue team on the ground.

“We need to go there and get information firsthand,” a relative could be heard saying.

Though a multi-agency team was ready to conduct a thorough search in Aberdare ranges, the weather couldn’t allow.

The process has been postponed to Thursday morning.

“The bad weather is the main challenge to the search and rescue Operations, We have three choppers among other resources,” National Disaster Management Unit spokesperson Pius Masai said.

 

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