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Kenyan two-time Olympic champion David Rudisha survives a PLANE CRASH
Kenyan two-time Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha survives a PLANE CRASH in his homeland – and poses for photos with the wreckage – three years after he walked away from his car being crushed by a bus
David Rudisha was one of five people to survive the plane crash in Kenya
The two-time Olympic champion said the aircraft’s engine stopped mid-flight
Rudisha revealed the aircraft had hit a tree and flipped before crash landing
The world-record holder previously emerged unscathed from a car crash in 2019
Two-time Olympic champion David Rudisha has survived a plane crash in Kenya after a light aircraft he was on suffered engine failure just minutes after take off before crash landing upside down.
The 800 metres world record holder was one of five passengers on board the aircraft on Saturday, which took off from Kimana.
The 33-year-old said the aircraft’s engine had stopped around eight minutes into the flight, prompting the pilot to attempt an emergency landing.
‘All was well close to seven or eight minutes into the flight when the engine of the plane suddenly went quiet,’ Rudisha told the Daily Nation.
‘He [the pilot] 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.
‘We thank God we all came out alive with some soft tissue injuries that were treated before all were discharged save for one.
‘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.’
Rudisha had been attending the Maasai Olympics at the Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary, which is held close to Mount Kilimanjaro.
Rudisha won the men’s 800 metres title at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Rudisha had been attending the Maasai Olympics in Kimana in his role as a patron of the event
The Kenyan middle distance running great is a patron of the event, which is run by the Big Life Foundation in collaboration with Maasai leaders.
The Massai Olympics is aimed at providing an alternative rite of passage, with young boys having previously been required to fight and kill a lion.
The Big Life Foundation, a conservation organisation, confirmed an investigation would take place following the crash.
‘As is normal following any crash involving an aircraft, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority will investigate,’ a statement read. ‘Until they have completed their report, it is not appropriate to comment further.
‘The best wishes of Big Life and all involved in the Maasai Olympics are with the injured passenger for a speedy recovery.’
Rudisha had previously emerged unscathed from a horror car accident in 2019
Kenya Masters Athletics chairman Stephen Ole Marai suffered rib injuries in the crash and has been receiving treatment in hospital.
Rudisha, who set the 800m world record of 1:40.91 at the London 2012 Olympics before defending his title at Rio 2016, had previously survived a car crash in 2019.
The two-time world champion escaped with minor injuries when his SUV crashed into a bus after one of his tyres burst.
Rudisha has not competed internationally for five years, with the Kenyan great reportedly considered a moving into coaching.