UPDF Jet Crash: Residents Demand UGX 30M in Compensation

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In short
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.

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 yesterday is demanding for UGX 23 M as compensation.

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.

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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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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.