A Uganda Peoples’ Defense Force (UPDF) helicopter has crashed into a civilian’s house in Fort Portal, Western Uganda.
Major Peter Mugisa, the Public Information Officer of UPDF Mountain Division, has confirmed the incident to SoftPower News.
According to Mugisa, the helicopter crashed into a mud and wattle house at Saaka airfield shortly after take-off.
“The technicians are saying there was an electrical mishap. The helicopter just got stuck and was not operating,” Maj Mugisa told SoftPower News on Saturday afternoon.
“It, therefore, crash-landed on someone’s house. A civilian,” he added.
According to Maj Mugisa, the occupants of the house managed to come out safely.
Other reports say an elderly woman who lived in the affected house has been rushed to hospital.
He said the helicopter, an Mi-24 fighter, had crew members and a pilot who are all safe.
“The occupants came out safely,” Maj Mugisa confirmed.
“We are doing what we can to make sure the helicopter is removed from the site.”
He said the army has commenced investigations into the matter.