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Kenya Airways plane headed to Rwanda forced to return to JKIA

Kenya Airways flight forced to Return to JKIA after failed landing attempt in Kigali Airport, Rwanda.

KQ, on Sunday, December 17, confirmed an incident where a plane en route to Kigali from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) was forced to turn back due to low visibility.

In a statement, KQ explained that the plane encountered low visibility and deteriorating weather as it was approaching the Kigali International Airport.

The flight made two attempts to land but they were unsuccessful forcing it to return to Nairobi.

“Kenya Airways PLC (KQ) confirms that on 17 December 2023 at approximately 07:45 hrs (East African Time), KQ 478, on a scheduled operation from Nairobi to Kigali, encountered low visibility and deteriorating weather on the normal approach to land at Kigali International Airport, after two unsuccessful attempts to land the crew elected to return to Nairobi for the safety of passengers and crew onboard,” read the statement in part.

The flight landed in Nairobi safely at around 09.45 hours and passengers transferred to the next available flight.

“We sincerely apologise to our guests for the inconvenience and assure our customers that their safety and that of our crew is our highest priority,” KQ statement added.

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Earlier, RwandAir, the official national carrier for Rwanda, had issued an alert to all flights destined for its airports highlighting a dense fog.

“Due to poor visibility as a result of heavy fog at Kigali International Airport, we are expecting flight delays to/from Kigali. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.,” read the statement in part.

The incident comes a day after another KQ plane headed to Dubai was forced to turn back mid-air and return at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) following a technical issue.

The JKIA Air Traffic Control team found tyre debris on the runway after the aircraft had departed.

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.

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