Pilot Rescued From Kenyan Wilderness
A Kenya Wildlife Service pilot who survived on his own urine and leaves for eight days in the Kenyan forest told reporters he’ll be back in the cockpit as soon as he’s recovered. Capt. Solomon Nyanjui was flying a Kenya Power and Lighting helicopter when it went down 10 kilometers from Chuka Town, in the Mt. Kenya forest. He broke some ribs and hurt one of his hands in the crash but other than being dehydrated and hungry he was none the worse for wear from his ordeal when he was found on Friday. The previous Monday, Nyanjui sent a mobile phone message to a colleague and searchers used the signal to trace his general whereabouts but bad weather hampered the search. Nyanjui told reporters the helicopter fell through the thick forest canopy and stayed mostly intact so he was able to use it for shelter. He said he had to rest before trying to signal for help. "I could not leave the plane since I was vomiting blood and I needed some time to recover from the shock," he said. More than 100 searchers and seven aircraft were involved in the search.