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Old 13th Aug 2012, 05:39
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Uganda AF helis missing

2 or possibly 3 UPDF helis reported missing en route Uganda to Somalia.
Any one know more?
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Old 13th Aug 2012, 09:48
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Reportedly three Hinds: Bad weather hampers Ugandan helicopter crash rescue

(Reuters) - Three Ugandan military helicopters crashed in Kenyan airspace at the weekend on their way to Somalia and bad weather was hampering search and rescue efforts, a Kenyan defense spokesman said on Monday.

A pilot from one of the three helicopters was in touch with authorities, who were searching for the survivors in the Mount Kenya region of central Kenya.

It was not clear how many people were aboard the Russian-built MI-24 helicopters when they crashed on Sunday or how many had survived. Officials have not said whether the helicopters were brought down or suffered mechanical failure.

"We are waiting for the weather to clear at Mount Kenya so that we can strengthen our efforts for search and rescue," Kenya's Department of Defense spokesman Bogita Ongeri said.

Ongeri said four Ugandan helicopters left a base in the Ugandan city of Entebbe on Sunday to reinforce African Union peacekeeping forces battling al Shabaab rebels, but only one landed at a Kenyan base in Garissa on the border with Somalia.

Ugandan troops form the backbone of the African Union peacekeeping force (AMISOM) in Somalia. The air force said on August7 that it was deploying transport and combat helicopters to Somalia to beef up the force.

The African Union force, which also includes Kenyan and Burundian troops, is planning an offensive on Somalia's second biggest city Kismayu, which is a hub for the Islamist militants, before August 20.

Al Shabaab struck the Ugandan capital Kampala in mid-2010 when suicide bombers from the al Qaeda-linked group killed more than 70 people who were watching soccer on television, in revenge for the presence of Ugandan troops in Somalia.
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Old 13th Aug 2012, 11:27
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One landed safely.
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Old 13th Aug 2012, 17:14
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Only those familiar with UAF operations would understand why this accident has happened.
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Old 13th Aug 2012, 18:58
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Hush!

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Old 14th Aug 2012, 18:47
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Ugandan helicopter crash: Two dead and others missing after helicopters crash into Kenya's highest mountain | Mail Online
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Old 14th Aug 2012, 20:55
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Perhaps they will now consider having pilots whom are capable of flying, other than into the side of mountains!
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Old 14th Aug 2012, 22:47
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No, no, it wasn't the pilots fault, the report clearly says that the weather was to blame
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