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Kenya Air Force aircraft from Nairobi crashes in Voi

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Kenya Defence Forces aircraft are pictured at Lodwar Airstrip in Turkana County on November 14, 2012. Kenya Air Force aircraft crashed in Voi, Taita Taveta County, on January 12, 2021. FILE PHOTO | NMG

A Kenya Air Force aircraft crashed in Voi, Taita Taveta County, on Tuesday morning.

Via Twitter, the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) said the aircraft, model Harbin Y-12, was heading from Moi Air Base in Eastleigh, Nairobi County, when the accident took place.

"Recovery efforts are underway," it said.

The recovery efforts are by KDF, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and police. A source taking part in the operations said the aircraft crashed at Mrima Hill in Taita-Taveta.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

Reached by phone, KDF Spokesperson Col. Zipporah Kioko did not give details but said a statement would be issued.

Initial reports stated that the officers were headed to Voi to pick up a senior KDF offi