A Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) helicopter has crashed this afternoon in Entebbe.
UPDF Spokesperson Brig Flavia Byekwaso confirmed that at 2:15pm, the chopper, a jet ranger piloted by two cadet trainees on a mutual training flight came down immediately after take off near Lido beach.
The crash according to the army spokesperson, was not fatal.
“The two were rushed to hospital to ascertain their health. Our aviation team is on ground to investigate the mishap.”
Mr Vianne Luggya the spokesperson of Uganda Civil Aviation Authority declined to comment on the matter since it involves national security.
This is the second chopper belonging to the UPDF crashing in just over a week.
Last week on February 2nd, another chopper which was on a mission to support AMISOM troops, crashed soon after take-off in Balidogle in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia.
“All four soldiers aboard the helicopter were rescued and are in a stable medical condition,” said AMISOM in a statement this Sunday.
AMISOM said preliminary reports pointed to possible mechanical failure.
In January last year, to UPDF pilots were killed in yet another crash involving a military chopper that crashed in Butambala District Tuesday.
The pilots included Maj Naomi Karungi, who had served as a pilot since 2005, and her cadet pilot identified as Benon Wokalu.