Man on a rescue mission
When Harro Trempenau flew out of an airstrip in northern Kenya for Wilson Airport on Thursday last week, nothing in the experienced pilot’s mind might have forewarned him that that particular flight would be irreversibly final. After all, he was an experienced pilot with three decades of flying behind him, and an engineer to boot. But his experience notwithstanding, his aircraft went missing and was only spotted three days later, all its three occupants dead.
Then, the long agonising search began, often interrupted by foggy and wet weather up the Aberdare ranges that divide Murang’a County and Nyandarua County. With every passing moment, the hope of loved ones and friends ebbed and the frustration of the search team heightened.
As four helicopters hovered over the Aberdare ranges in search of a missing light aircraft, Kenya Wildlife Service chief pilot Maj (rtd) Alex Koech was on assignment in Mwatate, Taita Taveta County, driving rhinos and elephants out of people’s farms. When Thursday evening came, the search team called off their mission for the day, fought back by the weather and the darkness that was setting in.
The following day, local police and volunteers combed the thickets on foot while the four helicopters continued the aerial search. The hunt for Trempenau and his two passengers who went missing from the radar aboard a fixed wing aircraft resumed on Saturday.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily Nation