A jet ranger AF-317 chopper belonging to the Uganda Peoples Defense Force (UPDF) has on Thursday afternoon crashed in Entebbe, Wakiso district.
The crash occurred at around 2pm in the middle of the road that goes to Spenah Beach few metres from the Air Force base.
Brig. Flavia Byekwaso, the force’s Spokesperson said the the crashed chopper was being piloted by two trainee cadets who were at a mutual training flight.
“Today afternoon at about 2:15pm a jet ranger piloted by two cadet trainees on a mutual training flight came down immediately after take off near Lido beach. The two were rushed to hospital to ascertain their health. Our aviation team is on ground to investigate the mishap,” she said.
By publication time, no fatalities had been recorded and the UPDF doctors were working tooth and nail to rescue the lives of the occupants.
Last week, another updf chopper crahed in Somalia during an operation but no Ugandan soldier according to UPDF was injured in a crash.
Last year in January, a UPDF AF 302 jet ranger crashed at at Ndeese hill, Gomba, Butambala district killing two army officers; Maj. Naomi Karungi and Lt Benon Wakalo.
The two were on a flight to Kabamba barracks for a training exercise.