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    The two-man crew of a Kenyan Air Force jet were killed when their plane crashed during Madaraka Day celebrations on Sunday (1 June).

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    The two-man crew of a Kenyan Air Force jet were killed when their plane crashed during Madaraka Day celebrations on Sunday (1 June).

    President Kenyatta was watching a parade of Kenyan Armed Forces contingents and an air show when the disaster happened.

    The plane was one of a squadron performing dives and rolls. It appeared to come in too low, and then go out of control.

    An ambulance was rushed to the scene of the crash, but there was no chance of saving the two crewmen.

    SYNOPSIS: Kenya's annual Madaraka Day ceremony, and dignitaries arrived knowing nothing of the disaster which would mar the day's proceedings.His Excellency Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, was present to watch a spectacular march and drive past of the various contingents of the armed forces, and to see and airborne parade of Kenyan airforce jets. As well as military participants, the celebrations involved people from all walks of Kenyan life. There were representatives from police and prison staffs, game scouts and park rangers from the vast Kenyan reserves, fire officers, girl and boy scouts and even a number of Kenya's police dogs and their handlers.

    Music for the parade was played by the Kenyan Police Force Band.

    Next on the agenda was a drive-past of mechanized vehicles drawn from the Kenyan Armed Forces, the National Youth Service and the Nairobi City Fire Service.

    It was then that the drama began. As airforce jets began their spectacular fly-past, one plane made a dive... but too low... and plunged to the ground in huge ball of flame. An ambulance was rushed in, but there was no chance of saving the crew... the two men died as their plane crashed into a golf course, and ended up on Nairobi's railway yards.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7IXTQ3ZAOZQ9LYVC189SJVKT7
    Media URN:
    VLVA7IXTQ3ZAOZQ9LYVC189SJVKT7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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