Details have emerged revealing how a teenage boy took the black box of the ill-fated FlySax airplane from the site of the crash thinking it had food.
According to an officer who spoke to the Standard,they were looking for the silver metal box- which carried sensitive material- before they spotted the boy carrying it,approaching a Kenya Forest Service (KFS) Land Cruiser at the site of crash.
It was then that an officer asked the boy, who was in jungle green uniform, to hand over the box after taking pictures of the boy carrying the box.
“Ngoja, hii ndiyo black box (Wait, this is the black box),” he said before instructing his colleagues to take photos of him holding it as he smiled for the cameras.
While this might have been an innocent search for a moment of fame, his move angered other officers describing him as cheeky.
“You know, that guy has no idea how sensitive that thing is. If it is found tampered with or it gets lost, that photo will sell him out,” noted an officer who was present at the site.
It was after the officer asked for the box that the boy disappeared into the crowd.
According to reports, the boy, like some other 120 locals, was there to help in the rescue hoping he would be appreciated with a good meal.
However, it is reported that the locals were allegedly not ‘appreciated’ as they expected.
Despite the Nyandarua County Commissioner Boas Cherotich asserting that the National Disaster Management Unit was well equipped for the search and rescue mission, it is noted that due to the unfavorable climate, the rescue would not have been successful without the help of the locals.
“It was still foggy and the only option was to carry the bodies downhill over 3,600 feet to the South Kinangop Forest Station,” it’s reported.
32-year old John Njoroge exclaimed: “I was born here. I am one of those who planted trees in this forest during our school days. There is no path in this forest we do not know.”
During the six-hour journey uphill, there were three stops for them to rest but no food Njoroge revealed, adding that it is the hunger and thirst that made one of the rescuers’ to allegedly collapse when the first batch of the bodies arrived at South Kinangop Forest Station.
On Friday an official from FlySAX, Mohammed Ahmed revealed that all the bodies of the victims were already identified awaiting burial.
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