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How I escaped death in the plane crash – David Rudisha

By Ayumba Ayodi December 12th, 2022 2 min read

“All was well close to seven or eight minutes into the flight when the engine of the plane suddenly went quiet,” World 800m record holder David Rudisha has explained how he narrowly escaped death.

In the plane, he was with five other people when it came tumbling down in the Imbirikana area in Kajiado on Saturday 10.

Rudisha said the plane took off well after attending the event at Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary in Kajiado South in the afternoon.

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Former Olympic and World 800m champion David Rudisha
Former Olympic and World 800m champion David Rudisha (left) with Kenya Masters Athletics chairman Stephen Ole Marai at Nairobi West Hospital on December 11, 2022. They both survived a plane crash on Saturday.

Rudisha, the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games 800m champion explained that the pilot took control of the plane well, navigating above the trees.

He saw some clear space where he tried to land the plane but one of its wings hit a tree as the plane started to spin before landing on the rocky field,” said Rudisha, who described it as one of those scary moments.

“We thank God we all came out alive with some soft tissue injuries that were treated before all were discharged save for one,” said Rudisha, as they were evacuated to Makindu Hospital for treatment.

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Former Olympic and World 800m champion David Rudisha
Former Olympic and World 800m champion David Rudisha

Kenya Masters Athletics chairman Stephen Ole Marai, who got injured in his right ribs, had to be transferred to Nairobi West Hospital from Makindu for specialised treatment.

“It was a scary episode where you hold your heart in your hand as you pray to God. The pilot did an incredible job to keep the plane afloat and stable for long,” said Rudisha, the 2011 Daegu and 2015 Beijing World 800m champion.

Rudisha had shared photos posing next to the plane’s wreckage.

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Former Olympic and World 800m champion David Rudisha
Former Olympic and World 800m champion David Rudisha

Rudisha had attended the Annual Masai Olympics event at Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary in Kajiado South where he had been received by Kimana ward MCA James Kuya on Saturday morning.

The event was also graced by the Kajiado County Governor Joseph Ole Lenku.

Speaking before being transferred to Nairobi, Ole Marai, who has been admitted at Nairobi West High Dependency Unit, said he was out of danger.

“I had experienced some breathing difficulties after the accident but I am fine. All will be well since I am out of any grave danger…we thank God,” said Ole Marai.

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This was the second time Rudisha is having a close shave with death after he escaped with minor injuries when his SUV crashed into a bus on August 24, 2019, in the Kegogi area, along the Keroka-Sotik road.

“Thanking the Almighty God for the gift of life,” Rudisha wrote in a tweet accompanied by a picture of his mangled car.

“Saturday night around 10.30hrs I survived a tragic road accident at Keroka on my way home to Kilgoris after a head-on collision with a bus plying Kisii Nairobi Route. I am fine with no injuries! Thank you for your prayer,” said Rudisha then.

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