August 15, 2022

  • On May 13, 2008, the Kenya’s Minister for Public Service Dalmas Otieno received a chilling email from his son Isaiah- that he had died in a tragic helicopter crash.

    In the news that made headlines in Canada, Isaiah was among four casualties after a Bell 206 Jet Ranger crashed on Isiah, who was walking along the streets, just an hour after he was on phone with his father.

    What puzzled was how the 23-year-old failed to notice the imminent danger of the crashing aircraft while everyone in the vicinity scampered for safety. 

    An image of the chopper carnage in British Columbia on May 13, 2008
    An image of the chopper carnage in British Columbia on May 13, 2008.
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    “There was a pedestrian walking on the street across from me and he was just about at the back alley and I don’t think he even knew what hit him,” Elmer Bautz, a witness who narrowly escaped the ordeal told the press.

    It was later established that Isiah had his headphones on and was listening to music when the helicopter came crashing on him.

    Witnesses questioned how loud the music was that he did not hear the sound of the chopper or the attempted efforts of those that witnessed the accident to warn him of the nose-diving helicopter.

    “It didn’t crash at a high speed. The pilot had been trying to control it, but the motor was out at that point and he fell the last 15 feet. Unfortunately, it hit a pedestrian on the sidewalk,” a second witness added.

    The chopper crashed onto the streets, bursting into flames, killing the third-year student and all three men on board – a pilot and two workers of an electricity company on a maintenance operation

    Unfortunately, one of the witnesses who captured the tragedy on phone was not aware that his best friend was the unlucky pedestrian. He opined that Isaiah could have noticed the danger but did not know how to react, citing a previous incident.

    An investigation into the crash revealed that the aircraft had developed engine failure. It also established that the pilot tried to land on the street, avoiding the adjacent residential areas.

    The Minister and his family flew to Canada to pay last respects to their loved one. They further demanded an expeditious probe into the matter and compensation for the loss of his son’s life.

    Following his death, the College of the Rookies held a memorial service for Otieno, where colleagues eulogosed the student they described as a quiet giant owing to his height.

    An image of former CabinetMinister Dalmas Otieno
    An image of former Cabinet Minister Dalmas Otieno
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  • Source: kENYANS.CO.KE

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