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Kenya Airways plane en route to Dubai forced to make emergency return to Nairobi mid-air

Kenya Airways confirms an incident where a plane en route to Dubai from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) was forced to turn back after one of its tyres plugged off.

According to a statement by KQ, JKIA Air Traffic Control encountered tyre debris during a regular runway inspection.

Upon further investigations, it was established by the operations team that the tyre debris was from KQ 310, which had departed on a scheduled flight from Nairobi to Dubai.

For precautionary measures, the Kenya Airways operations team directed the flight to turn back mid-air.

The plane safely landed back at JKIA at 23:46 hours, almost 2 hours and 20 minutes after takeoff.

“Kenya Airways PLC (KQ) confirms that on 15 December 2023 at approximately 21:20 HRS, JKIA Air Traffic Control encountered tyre debris during a regular runway inspection. Upon further inspection, it was established by the KQ operations team that the tyre debris was from KQ 310, which had departed on a scheduled operation from Nairobi to Dubai,” KQ statement read in part.

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“The KQ operations team contacted the crew and agreed on a precautionary air turnback to Nairobi for further technical attention. The crew followed the precautionary safety procedures in consultation with operations control and returned to Nairobi safely, landing at 23:46 HRS without incident,” it added.

Following the standard safety procedure, the passengers were provided with accommodation before rebooking them for another flight.

“We sincerely apologize to our guests for the inconvenience and assure our customers that their safety and that of our crew is our highest priority.”

The incident came a week after the plane corporation announced possible flight disruptions due to challenges in acquiring plane spare parts.

K1, in an advisory dated December 8, announced that it would extend grounding time for flights as a safety precaution.

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