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One dead as UPDF helicopter crashes in Entebbe

A Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) jet ranger helicopter has crashed near the old airport in Entebbe, killing Capt Caroline Busingye.

UPDF spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso said in a tweet that the light blue helicopter was being piloted by two cadet trainees on a mutual training flight.

“Today afternoon at about 2:15 pm a jet ranger piloted by two cadet trainees on a mutual training flight came down immediately after takeoff near Lido beach. The two were rushed to the hospital to ascertain their health. Our aviation team is on the ground to investigate the mishap,” Byekwaso tweeted.  

Traffic police cordoned off the scene of the accident. Traffic to and from Entebbe airport was also diverted to the one-way road from Entebbe to Kampala.

Last week, four UPDF soldiers were severely injured in a helicopter crash in Somalia while on a mission to support ground troops in the Lower Shabelle region. The soldiers are currently admitted at Kampala hospital. 

Last year in January, another UPDF helicopter crashed during a training mission in Bulo in Gomba district – killing the pilot, Maj. Naomi Karungi and Benon Wakalo a cadet pilot.

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