The pilot who wowed Kenyans at the KDF airshow dies while pulling stunts.

Mark Sampson

A legendary pilot who featured in Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Museum Air Show Festival on Saturday, May 28, at Uhuru Gardens is dead.

Mark Sampson is reported to have crashed the plane he was flying at an airport in Zimbabwe and died on the spot.

One of the South African pilots who played a role in the first Kenyan Defense Force Museum Airshow on Saturday is dead.

According to preliminary reports from Zimbabwe, one of the pilots drawn from the four-plane aerobatics team led by Mark Sampson from Cape Town crashed at Harare’s Charles Prince Airport on Tuesday evening, May 31.

A statement from the team said they were devastated and were working with the Zimbabwean authorities.

Mark Sampson
Mark Sampson

Witnesses who were watching the airshow captured the plane spinning several times before veering out of control as the pilot leveled up and made attempts to climb.

The pilot died in the crash with further reports indicating that the plane crashed while he was pulling stunts on a solo display at an airshow.

The pilot was listed by KDF in the official program alongside Phoenix Aviation Cessna Sovereign, Kenya Airways Embraer 190 fly-past, and Farmland Aviation.

The Marksmen Aerobatic Team had managed to put on a spectacular show at the KDF Airshow in Uhuru Gardens, which they did in conjunction with the Aero Club of East Africa.

The airshow was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.


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