The Uganda People’s Defence Force – UPDF has finally come out to make a comment on the Saturday morning helicopter crash in Fort Portal, Western Uganda.
The helicopter, according to preliminary reports crashed into a mud and wattle house at Saaka at 10AM, just half a kilometer from the airfield.
It was one of three helicopters had just taken off from Saaka airfield.
UPDF spokesperson Felix Kulayigye confirmed the incident on Saturday afternoon however said that the pilot made an emergency landing contrary to crash reports.
“This morning our MI 24 helicopter developed a mechanical fault while in flight and the pilot made an emergency landing. Fortunately, no casualties both to the occupants of the plane and on the ground,” Kulayigye posted on his Social Media.
“A team has been dispatched from the UPDAF Headquarters under the command of the Deputy Air Force Commander, Gen Okid to establish what could have been the cause,” he added promising to share more details later.