JUST IN: Top athlete recounts near-death experience after a plane he was travelling in crash-landed


Kenyan world 800m athletics record holder David Rudisha has told local media how he survived after a plane he was travelling in crash-landed on Saturday evening.

The plane which was carrying him and five others came down near a park in Kajiado county in Kenya’s south-east.

“All was well close to seven or eight minutes into the flight when the engine of the plane suddenly went quiet,” the retired Olympic champion told the Daily Nation newspaper.

Rudisha described the moment as scary, when one of the plane’s wings hit a tree, spun and landed on a rocky field. Pictures from the scene suggest that the plane also flipped over.

One of the occupants was reportedly being treated in a hospital with injuries after the crash. Others who had minor injuries were taken to hospital and later discharged.

Rudisha was reportedly unhurt.

He had been on his way back from attending the annual Maasai Olympics event at Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary in Kajiado county.

Rudisha holds the 800m world record after a stunning performance at the London Olympics in 2012. He is now retired but has suggested that he is considering going into coaching.

Photos of the crash incident have been shared widely.


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