According to the Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson ASP Luke Owoyesigire, on Friday at approximately 7:14 AM, a Bar aviation aircraft with flight registration No. 5X-RBR was en route from Kajjansi to Kisoro, via Mbarara and Kihihi, carrying a total of 14 passengers.
ASP Owoyesigire adds that the flight successfully reached its destination and returned to Kajjansi.
Subsequently, the same aircraft, operated by two pilots, Lt Dagalious Owino and Joel Kanguli, prepared for a flight from Kajjansi to Mweya-Kasese, with the intention of transporting passengers back to Entebbe International Airport.
Police says that unfortunately, shortly after takeoff from Kajjansi Airfield at approximately 12:19 PM, the aircraft experienced difficulties and attempted to return for landing and tragically crashed at Kajjansi Airfield, in close proximity to MAF Hangars.
During the incident, the co-pilot sustained an injury to the right hand, while the pilot was rendered unconscious.
Owoyesigire confided to the press that prompt action was taken by the airfield workers, who swiftly rescued the pilots from the wreckage and provided immediate first aid.
“Emergency services were contacted, and an ambulance from Memorial Hospital was dispatched to transport the injured individuals to Memorial Hospital Lubowa for further medical attention” says Owoyesigire.
The cause of the aircraft crash is yet to be determined, and investigations are underway according to Police.
A team from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) arrived at the scene to inspect the aircraft, and an additional group from the Ministry of Works and Transport, also arrived to assess the situation.
He stressed that further updates will be provided as additional information becomes available.