Transport Resumes On Mityana-Kampala Highway

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Phillip Mukasa, the central West Police spokesperson says US army Air Base in Entebbe dispatched a rescue helicopter and officers with fuel to the scene but the plane couldn’t fly because of a technical problem.

 
The US army cargo plane that crashed landed along the Kampala-Mityana highway has been pushed aside to pave way for the smooth flow of traffic. The plane crash landed at Kiwawu in Malangala Sub County in Mityana at around 10:00am after it reportedly ran out of fuel and blocked traffic for five hours.

Phillip Mukasa, the central West Police spokesperson says US army Air Base in Entebbe dispatched a rescue helicopter and officers with fuel to the scene but the plane couldn’t fly because of a technical problem. He says the officers teamed up with officers from the Uganda Police and army and pushed the plane from the middle of the road to allow the smooth flow of traffic.

The plane is currently parked on a feeder road heading to Malangala Sub County waiting for another team to resolve the technical problem before it flies back to Entebbe air base. According to Mukasa there is a small flow of traffic on the highway as Ugandan security guard the faulty plane until it leaves the area.

Our sources in the area say US soldiers who were aboard the faulty plane have been flown back to Entebbe on the rescue helicopter. By the time of filing this story, hundreds of people were still flocking the area to see the plane forcing police to cordon it. The US embassy in Kampala is yet to issue a statement on the incident. 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.