Former Olympic champion David Rudisha survives plane crash in Kenya

The two-time Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha has survived a plane crash in south-east Kenya three years after also escaping unharmed from a car wreck.

Rudisha, who won 800m gold at London 2012 and at Rio 2016, said it was a “scary episode” and pictures of the plane show it upside down in a field.

“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. “[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.”

Five other people were in the plane and all escaped with minor injuries when it came down on Saturday. “The pilot did an incredible job to keep the plane afloat and stable for long,” said Rudisha.

In August 2019, Rudisha was unharmed when his SUV collided with a bus on a highway near Keroka in his native Kenya.

In addition to his two Olympic gold medals, Rudisha won world championships in 2011 and 2015 and the 1min 40.91sec he ran when winning the Olympic title in London – one of the undoubted highlights of the 2012 Games – remains the 800m world record.

Although he has not officially retired from the sport the 33‑year‑old has not raced since the summer of 2017.