Uganda Police helicopter hits a house in Mutungo

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A helicopter that belongs to Uganda Police on monday afternoon hit roof of house in Mutungo, a city suburb.
The recently acquired chopper reportedly seriously damaged the house.

According to eye witness, The chopper was ‘making a turn’ in Mutungo in Biina parish, Nakawa division, was reportedly trying to avoid a cloud that had blocked the pilots’ visibility. Residents say the incident happened at at around 2:30 pm on Monday when out of nowhere the low flying copper wrecked havoc in the area.

According to Capt. Aziz Ssentamu, one of the pilots in the chopper, there was a bad weather and they decided to fly lower than usual to avoid the low cloud. “When there is such a low cloud, helicopters are restricted and cannot go higher. Unfortunately the pilot had to come down to 2500 feet and the wind blew off the roof,” said Capt. Ssentamu

““We have ascertained the damage caused and we will reconstruct it and pay damages caused to other property,” said Felix Kaweesi

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Uganda’s police recently received two new brand A109 GrandNew and W-3A Sokol helicopter from the Polish subsidiary of AgustaWestland. The choppers were ordered by the Ministry of Internal Affairs for law enforcement missions across the nation.

The W-3A Sokol are equipped with a cargo hook, rescue hoist, search light, loudspeaker system, rappelling kit, FLIR and provisions for firefighting equipment and an emergency floatation system

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The W-3A Sokol is an intermediate twin engine helicopter with a maximum take-off weight of 6,400 kg and is capable of carrying up to 14 people, as well as cargo. The helicopter is powered by two PZL-10W turboshaft engines with each engine rated at 662 kW for take-off.

The Uganda Police Force Air Wing was originally established in 1966 but has no aircraft flying after its single Bell Jet Ranger was damaged in a crash in 2010. Six pilots and support crews finished their training in March 2016 and were charged to fly the aircraft.

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