11-10-2019 by redazione
Three people were seriously injured and three others suffered shock trauma after an airplane took off the runway this morning at Wilson Airport in the capital Nairobi.
The accident occurred to a Silverstone Air aircraft landing at 9 a.m. this morning, after taking off for Mombasa's Moi international airport on its way to Lamu.
The cause of the off-run skidding has not yet been established, but pilots who have reported their experience to the Daily Nation have confided in the suspicion that one of the two engines of the aircraft has failed.
Witnesses said that the crew would have warned of some problems on board, immediately after takeoff, but until the landing when they felt a big blow that made the passengers jump, no one had noticed anything. The plane, a turboprop Fokker 50, ended up at the foot of a small forest and broke a wing, but the landing was as abrupt as possible, considering the off-runway.
Immediately afterwards the emergency rescue teams at the airport evacuated the plane, with the pilot and some passengers rushing to various hospitals for a medical check-up.
The fire brigade, who arrived at the scene in good time, sprayed thick foam on the plane to prevent the flames.
In a brief statement published on Twitter, Silverstone Air confirmed the incident, saying that the plane was operating on the Wilson-Mombasa-Lamu-Mombasa-Wilson route.
"The passengers and crew were all safely disembarked and we are currently working with the competent authorities to assess the situation," it reads in part in the statement.
As malindikenya. net had announced a few weeks ago, a new low-cost airline decided to open the Nairobi-Malindi route and also to promote tourism and business between Malindi and Lamu.
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