Saitoti copter ‘was repaired by an outsider’

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  • It also emerged that Eurocopter, the suppliers of the helicopter, may have short-changed the government by delivering an aircraft, which failed to meet the specifications in the tender bid.
  • Police Airwing chief engineer Johnson Mwangi Gathatu said the man who repaired the helicopter was not known to the police.
  • He said that the engineer was brought on board after the Eurocopter sanctioned engineer, a Mr Aristide, failed to unravel the cause of the stress signal on the aircraft’s control panel.

The helicopter that came down killing Internal Security minister George Saitoti and five others was repaired by an engineer at Wilson Airport two days before the crash, a commission of inquiring into the accident heard on Monday.

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