By Sandra Birungi
The two were pilot and co-pilot of helicopter no AF 806, MI-24 according to the Army spokesperson Col. Felix Kulayigye in a statement Wednesday.
The dead bodies were burnt beyond recognition after the helicopters crashed in Mount Kenya going up in flames. They were retreived from the cockpit.
So far, three people have been said to have died from the plane crashes but only two have been named. “The Ministry of Defence and the UPDF regret to inform the country of the tragic demise of our comrades Captain William Letti and Lt Patrick Nahamya who died in a helicopter accident in Mt Kenya areas,” Kulayigye wrote in the press statement.
Five more are still missing and the search is still on going to find their whereabouts. “Our hearts are with those family members whose dear ones we are still searching for,” Kulayigye said promising to continue to keep the country informed of the developments about the incident.
Three Mi-24 choppers crashed and they were part of a fleet of four that left Soroti on Sunday to Garissa enroute for Somalia for war with the Al-Shabaab militants.
President Yoweri Museveni yesterday appointed his advisor on defence, Gen. Caleb Akandwanaho alias Salim Saleh, to head investigations into the incident in addition to the chief of legal services in the UPDF, Col. Ramadan Kyamuresire and Eng. Dick Lutaaya of the Air Force, among others, according to state minister for defence, Gen. Jeje Odongo.