Twin Otter plane
Twin Otter plane

A pilot was killed after his small plane crashed in northern Tanzania’s district of Monduli, located a few kilometres from Arusha, police said Thursday.

Charles Mkumbo Arusha Region Police Commander confirmed the death of David Mbale, a pilot with Safari Airlink whose plane crash-landed in Monduli Juu on Wednesday morning.

Mkumbo said the 25-year-old Mbale, was flying a 5-seater Cessna Caravan 206 from Arusha-Kisongo airport to Kogatende Airport in Serengeti where he was scheduled to pick tourists.

According to Mkumbo, the Cessna plane with registration number R5H-SAL was in ‘perfect condition’ before it met its fate in the steep, mountainous terrain in Engareoni area which is known for bad weather.

“The pilot left Arusha at 10 in the morning and he was expected to land at Kogatende airport two hours later to pick some tourists,” explained the regional police chief.

He added that a team of experts was still investigating the cause of the accident.

Mbale was the only occupant inside the 5-seater caravan when the accident occurred, according to Mkumbo.

His body has since been retrieved from the site and is preserved at the Mount Meru Regional Hospital. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/