Revealed: How Captain Busingye Died In UPDF Chopper Crash At Entebbe

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Yesterday, another UPDF helicopter crashed close to Entebbe International Airport killing Capt Carol Busingye after it  suffered a mechanical malfunction, highly-placed security sources revealed .

Investigators have so far kicked off to  inquire into whether human error or environmental factors contributed to the mishap in which Cadet  a trainee pilot Abdallah Musa, who was being instructed by Busingye, reportedly suffered severe injuries and is in critical condition at Kisubi Hospital near Entebbe.

Another  source who preferred anonymity said the rotor blades of the Agusta-Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter stopped working a few minutes after it lifted off from Runway before it plunged down from the skies.

The rotor system is essential to generate aerodynamic lift force and maintain the helicopter’s forward flight.

“It just dropped rapidly from the air like a stone,” a UPDF officer said.

The wreckage of the blue multi-purpose chopper was strewn on the carriageway of Entebbe Airport road, close to the turn-off to Speenah Beach.

A group of security forces, including armed Uganda People’s Defence Air Force (UPDAF) and regular soldier, regular and Anti-Terrorism police as well as traffic and anti-riot police, cordoned off the area.

Boda boda cyclists and pedestrians were turned away while journalists were restricted dozens of metres away from the crash site. The security forces gave no reason for the restrictions, but affected persons presumed it was to secure the site for investigations.

Vehicles to and from Entebbe International Airport were restricted to one side of the double-carriageway road and motorists were not allowed to slow down, stop or take pictures of the wreckage.

Busingye, a mother of one, and trainee pilot Musa were reportedly under the charge of a Tanzanian flight instructor, who was not on-board the ill-fated chopper, and planned to fly from Entebbe via Kampala to Mukono and back.

“ I saw the blue chopper staggering near a blue billboard just around Speenah beach…eventually it crashed [to the ground] at around 2pm.’’ Another eye witness revealed.

This was later confirmed by Defence spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso, yesterday in a tweet.

“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 wrote

The crash site is close to the army Airbase at Old Entebbe Airport and military sources said they use the single-engine Agusta-Bell for basic flight training, VIP transportation.

Capt Busingye is the second UPDAF female pilot to die in a helicopter crash after Maj Naome Karungi who, together with Cadet Pilot Benon Wakalo, perished in another Jet Ranger crash in Butambala in January 2020.

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