UPDF Jet Crash: Residents Demand UGX 30M in Compensation

Patrick Omara, a resident of Patek village in Bobi Sub County in Gulu district whose two stance pit latrine and garden was damaged following a UPDF aircraft crash  is demanding for UGX 23 M as compensation.

A grader in an attempt to recover the aircraft that has sunk into the latrine
A grader in an attempt to recover the aircraft that has sunk into the latrine

The L-39 training aircraft yesterday crashed into Omara’s residence in Patek parish 30 kilometers out of Gulu town, a situation that caused panic in the area.

The pilot identified as Emmanuel Ssajabi reportedly parachuted out before the aircraft crashed. The UPDF has confirmed that the trainee pilot was unhurt.

By press time, the airbase team from Kampala and some experts were recovering the aircraft that deeply sunk into the ground. It is one of the 8 being used by UPDF trainee pilots at the Gulu airbase. The cause of the accident remains mysterious.

Now the owner of the crash site Patrick Omara says that the incident led to the destruction of his plantation in the 25 square meter garden. He said he had planted Simsim, banana, pigeon peas, oranges and potatoes that would be due for harvest in a few months and for which he is seeking compensation.

Another resident Charles Odab, demands for Ugx 7 million in compensation for a 20 sq. meter garden that was destroyed.

Captain Tabaro Kiconco, the spokesperson for the UPDF Airbase in Gulu told URN that the claims will be received and assessed to ascertain the extent of the damage.

A special committee instituted to investigate the cause of the crash has been on the site reviewing technicalities of the aircraft and ascertaining the damage. The army has also fenced off the area pending investigations.

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