By Gad Masereka
Fort Portal Tourism City – In a shocking incident, a Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) helicopter has crashed in Nyamisingiri, Kichwamba sub-county, Fort Portal Tourism City. Preliminary information indicates that the helicopter is suspected to have come from Muhote barracks near the Mountain of the Moon University, located on the airbase in Fort Portal Tourism City.
According to Maj Naboth Mugisha, the UPDF Airforce spokesperson, the incident is “purely accidental,” explaining that details of the crash will be availed later.
Eyewitnesses say the helicopter hit a house rooftop before catching fire.
“This was purely an accident and details of what has happened are yet to be gotten, but in the meantime, the helicopter crashed in a place where it is said there was a house,” Mugisha said on Tuesday.
According to the latest information, the helicopter crashed onto the house of an as-yet-unidentified resident, resulting in the tragic death of three family members and the pilot. The names of the deceased individuals have not been released pending notification of their families
The crash occurred under unknown circumstances, and emergency response teams are currently at the scene. Local authorities are coordinating efforts to assess the extent of the damage and provide assistance to affected residents.
As of now, the UPDF has not issued a formal response regarding the helicopter crash. The cause of the incident remains unclear, and investigations are expected to be launched to determine the factors leading to the crash.
This is a developing story, and further details, including the identities of the deceased and any official statements from the UPDF, will be provided as they become available. The community and the nation await more information on this tragic event in Nyamisingiri, Fort Portal Tourism City.