One dead, another seriously injured in UPDF helicopter crash in Entebbe

UPDF helicopter crash in Entebbe
Capt Caroline Busingye killed in UPDF helicopter crash in Entebbe

Entebbe, Uganda | URN | A Uganda People’s Defense Forces [UPDF] jet ranger helicopter on Thursday 11th, February 2021 crashed in Entebbe, near Lido beach moments after takeoff killing Capt Caroline Busingye.

The UPDF spokesperson Brig-Gen Flavia Byekwaso said in a tweet that the light blue helicopter was being piloted by two cadet trainees on a mutual training flight.

“Today afternoon at about 2:15 pm, a jet ranger piloted by two cadet trainees on a mutual training flight came down immediately after takeoff near Lido beach. The two were rushed to the hospital to ascertain their health. Our aviation team is on the ground to investigate the mishap,” UPDF spokesperson, Brig-Gen Byekwaso tweeted.

Traffic police cordoned off the scene of the accident as the two occupants in the fatal accident were evacuated by an ambulance to Kisubi Hospital in Kampala.

Capt Caroline Busingye has been confirmed dead.

Traffic to and from Entebbe Airport was also diverted to the one-way road from Entebbe to Kampala.

Previous UPDF helicopter crash

In January 2020, another UPDF helicopter crashed on a training mission in Bulo in Gomba district.

Those killed in the crash were Major Naomi Karungi, a UPDF helicopter pilot and Benon Wakalo, a cadet pilot.

Last week, four Uganda People’s Defense Forces [UPDF] soldiers were injured in a helicopter crash in Somalia. The helicopter belonged to the AU Mission’s Aviation Unit from the Uganda People’s Defense Force.

The four soldiers were on a mission to support the AU troops in Lower Shabelle region.