Deputy President William Ruto’s pilot, Captain Mario Magonga died in a chopper crash on Sunday night.
The DP’s favourite pilot is said to have crashed into Lake Turkana with four other foreigners who were on board.
“Available information indicates that two helicopters had landed earlier at Lobolo tented camp on the National Park’s Island, however one managed to clear the area safely,” the police said in a statement to newsrooms.
Mario is known to fly several high end Kenyans and politicians and is a relative of Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka.
Onyonka said the chopper Magonga was flying went off radar near Lake Turkana.
Magonga was a former Kenya Defence Forces pilot. He had been flying a Bell 505, registration SYKDL.
Several people have mourned him as a Captain who was dedicated to his calling:
My heartfelt condolences to the family of captain Mario Magonga. May The Lord God console you at this very difficult time of grief. I knew Magonga well as a very polite disciplined and professional pilot, he worked for me for quite a while. May his soul Rest In eternal Peace.
I am devasted with the death of Captain Mario Magonga, DP William Ruto’s pilot. It’s sad that I even had an appointment with him today in Nairobi, only to learn he just died in Turkana. Rest in Peace Colonel Mario, soldiers rest, they don’t die
Captain Mario Magonga was the Chief Pilot of KIDL helicopters. A company owned by DP Ruto and former rally driver Marco Brighetti. The company operates from wilson airport and specialises in offering bespoke helicopter services to well heeled individuals. Pole to the Family. RIP
DP Ruto’s pilot Captain Mario Magonga perishes in a tragic air crash in Turkana County. OurCondolences to the family and friends. May God protect Deputy President William Ruto. Who knows ill intentions of his enemies? They can gang up and ‘eliminate’ him coz he’s a threat to them