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Two killed as army helicopter crashes in Gomba

UPDAF jets at Entebbe airport

UPDAF jets at Entebbe airport

Two Uganda People’s Defense Air Forces (UPDAF) soldiers have been killed in a helicopter crash during a training mission in Bulo, Gomba district in central Uganda. 

Defense ministry spokesperson, Brig Richard Kalemire, says there were two crew members aboard the five-seater Jet Ranger AF302.  

“Sadly, no one is reported to have survived,” he said in a text.  

He says investigations into the cause of the crash have commenced.      

“We offer our condolences to the family members and entire UPDF fraternity,” said Karemire. 

According to residents, a loud bang followed the crash and the helicopter reportedly crashed straight into a hill. The dead reportedly included a male and female officer. 

Deputy Defense spokesperson, Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki told URN that they are still gathering information on the incident.  


+1 #1 miki 2020-01-28 18:04
Brigadier Kalemire, this particular UPDF airforce helicopter type was a Bell 206B III model whose serial number 3678 indicates a manufacture date of between 1982 and 1983.

The AF 302 montage must be a UPDF airforce assigned number since nothing like this exists in the Bell helicopter line-up.

Nonetheless it is a tragic accident and our hearts and souls go to the bereaved families. The accident should lead to some soul searching about how public equipment procurements and maintenance contracts are made in President Museveni's Uganda.

Does anybody recall the UPDF junk helicopter saga - the president's brother was the procurement officer, another officer - a medical doctor - led the team that inspected the helicopters which were already dismantled and in crates waiting to be transported to Uganda and much more questionable things.

Same reportedly happened with many more public procurements. Could this have been one of them?
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0 #2 Hermenegild 2020-01-28 19:02
That caption on the UPDF helicopters sould not read UPDF jets.
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0 #3 WADADA rogers 2020-01-28 23:47
Why are they concealing the names of the dead, we all know where they come from, one of the ladies on the chopper was a very beautiful long nosed lady, she was being trained for good things ahead, she is from the privileged class.
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0 #4 Ivan 2020-01-29 06:18
You'd have sounded wiser, had you chosen to keep your mouth shut.

The familes of the deceased must first be informed in detailed before divulging that information to the public.

That lady instructor had more than 14 years experience, and she was training someone from the other side of the country. Your stupidity can't allow you to think beyond nepotism.How deplorable.

Quoting WADADA rogers:
Why are they concealing the names of the dead, we all know where they come from, one of the ladies on the chopper was a very beautiful long nosed lady, she was being trained for good things ahead, she is from the privileged class.
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0 #5 WADADA rogers 2020-01-29 09:07
I dont care about your stupid sentiments Ivan, i am entitled to my opinion, i would have expected you to also say something of your own, atleast i managed to get your silly emotions working in vain.

We live with all these cousins of corruption including nepotism and many of us are happy when some of these fellows die.

Besides, how are some of us who are not privileged like you able to know the names of the dead, its the likes of you who are privy to such information.

How can a person with 14 years experience if at all attempt to jump out of a chopper that is in the air? No one has ever done done such a thing unless they are amateurs
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0 #6 SEMPIIMA 2020-01-29 10:58
Why put nepotism in everything. If someone from other parts u would say it was planned.

Now the lady has died but stupidity takes u to tribes. RIP
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+1 #7 Kirya 2020-01-29 11:46
It is sad but time for the m7 villagers to cry
too as other Ugandans cry for those he kills at
at will.
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0 #8 Wooden K. 2020-01-29 14:40
Mmwe Bakifulukwa !!!

Why blame Wadada ?

At least he is honest enough to write his true frustration Wadada `s "stupidity " in nothing compared to the stupidTRIBALIST& NEPOTISCTIC mustard seed that Museveni has planted , not only in Uganda but beyond.

Idiots do not even know why Rwanda is trying to distance itself from this man . South Sudan will never get peace as long Museveni takes sides in this tribal conflict .

So yes , when some of the "chosen ones " die , people talk. Whey they do , we are reminded how Museveni has divided what used to be our country
This boat is not balanced

You can`t sow stupidity and reap greciousness
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0 #9 Wooden K. 2020-01-29 15:02
When Oyite Ojok died in a chopper , the late Archbishop Kawuma did not hide the fact that Oyite did not deserve all our tears . Kawuma chose an appropriate reading to make his point

In Kampala , you could hear people quietly whispering ; " do those people also cry" ?

Point ?

When arrogant rulers devide a nation , they consequently alter and dilute the notion or culture of common grief.

Question : Major Niomi Karungi`s family really mourn when Yasin Kawuma was shot dead by Special Forces in Arua ?
Do they care that Kawuma`s children cannot go to school ?
Ivan ::::…. ?
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0 #10 Wooden K. 2020-01-30 22:20
Bafulukwa mwenna !

Look at the funeral ceremony of late Karungi and that of the other guy ( from Wadada`s Place) who died with her.

Then you will know why some people talk "stupid"

BTW : what happened --no comments for two days ??!!
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