Narok Governor Samuel Tunai has broken his silence after enduring a chopper crash on Saturday, October 17.
In an interview with one of the dailies on Sunday, October 18, the governor noted that he was lucky to have survived the crash with just bruises.
He further revealed that he was lucky the crash occurred before the chopper gained altitude, stating that the accident could have been fatal had it occurred in high the air.
Tunoi narrated that after the crash occurred, his team, which involved his bodyguard, Emmanuel Mugalo, and the pilot, Marc Gross, scrambled to exit the chopper fearing that it could burst into flames.
“It was by luck it crashed there, and I think the pilot tried to control it at that point. It could have been disastrous had it flown a few metres away from where it crashed,” he stated.
An MP who paid Tunai a visit at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi noted that he was in good shape and had only sustained minor bruises.
“The governor is out of danger. He is doing well and he is alert, the doctors have advised that he takes rest,” he stated.
The pilot disclosed that the crash may have occurred as a result of bad weather and high altitude.
A video of the crash surfaced online on Saturday evening showing the chopper swirling uncontrollably before ploughing into the ground during take-off.
In the 58-second clip, the chopper attempted to take off towards one direction, but then the fuselage tended to tilt towards the ground.
Tunai who survived the crash and was rushed to a hospital in Narok Town before being transferred to Aga Khan in Nairobi.
The county head was on his way to a burial ceremony of the late Paul Lepore at Olenkipejus village in Melili, Narok County when the incident occurred.