The pilot of the chopper that crushed in Lake Nakuru in 2017 killing him and four others was drunk, an investigation report has revealed.
The report released by Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia revealed that Captain Apollo Malowa was under the influence of alcohol.
“Investigation findings have revealed that the helicopter collided with the water surface due to loss of situation awareness by the pilot, who was under the influence of alcohol,” the report reads.
According to the report, the pilot failed to recognise the loss of altitude, excessive banking to the left and the obstacle proximity from the aircraft.
The chopper crashed in the lake in October 2017.
Malowa, 34 years old at the time of the accident was employed by Flex Air Charters Ltd where he doubled as a director flight safety and helicopter pilot.
Other information revealed that he was initially an employee of Kenya Air force (KAF) before joining the general aviation industry.
Training records obtained from KCAA indicated that the pilot was initially trained in South Africa at Starlite Aviation Academy between May 2009 and February 2010.
All the four passengers who were part of communication team for Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika died.
They were Antony Kipyegon, Sam Gitau, John Mapozi and Veronica Muthoni.
The chopper crashed just after 7 minutes of take off from Jarika totel.
The chopper was owned and operated by Flex Air Charters and was headed to Narok for Jubilee campaigns.
It took more than 25 days to locate and retrieve the wreckage of the helicopter and recover three bodies of the persons on board.
The search for the other two bodies on board the helicopter was unsuccessful even after it was extended for several days.