Tragedy struck at Kajjansi Airfield in Wakiso District yesterday when a Bar aviation aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff, injuring the co-pilot and rendering the pilot unconscious. The aircraft had just departed for Mweya-Kasese with the intention of transporting passengers back to Entebbe International Airport when it experienced difficulties and attempted to return for landing.
According to the Deputy PRO KMP, ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, the aircraft had successfully completed a flight from Kajjansi to Kisoro, via Mbarara and Kihihi, carrying 14 passengers. The same aircraft, operated by two pilots, Lt Dagalious Owino and Joel Kanguli, was then prepared for the ill-fated flight.
Airfield workers sprang into action, quickly rescuing the pilots from the wreckage and providing 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. The co-pilot sustained an injury to the right hand while the pilot was rendered unconscious.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and a team from the Ministry of Works and Transport arrived at the scene to assess the situation and investigate the cause of the crash. The investigation is still ongoing, and further updates will be provided as additional information becomes available.