The pilot of the star-crossed helicopter that crash-landed in Narok County with three other people on board, including Governor Samuel Tunai, has been faulted for the accident.
In a viral video published online, pilot Marc Gross is seen making several attempts to take off, with no success.
In what has been described as deadly dare, he finally took off.
However, a few seconds later, the helicopter overturned and tumbled down. Luckily, they were hardly 10 metres from the ground, and, therefore, the impact was small.
The four sustained minor injuries and were evacuated to Nairobi for further medical checkups.
Although many Kenyans suspected that the cause of the mishap was a mechanical hitch, the pilot explained that the aircraft did not have any problems.
Gross, who heads the Rapid Response Unit at the Mara Elephant Project, told The Standard that bad weather might have caused the accident.
However, in the clip, the view looks okay and the sky very clear.
This is how netizens who blamed him for alleged poor judgment reacted.
Oliver Mathenge: “I am not a pilot, but this one who was carrying the Narok Governor seems to have made poor judgment.”
Abuga Makori: “Narok Governor Samuel Tunai and the crew should thank God. The chopper hadn’t risen higher like the 2003 Busia (plane), which killed Waziri Khalif. Mama @MarthaKarua and Tuju were badly injured.”
@Its Wanga: “Even Narok residents could tell that the chopper was having difficulties gaining altitude. Could clearly hear them asking ‘Kwani imekataa?’ Whoever advised them to proceed considering the obvious technical problem, needs to be accountable.”