Kenya Airways (KQ) on Saturday hosted a welcome party for the crew of the KQ100 flight, which was intercepted and diverted by the United Kingdom government for security reasons.
KQ said in a statement that the event was intended to express gratitude for the crew’s professionalism and commitment, which were demonstrated by their meticulous efforts to secure the safety and well-being of all passengers despite the difficulties encountered.
“Last night, we hosted a welcome reception for the crew of KQ100 to thank them for their professionalism, patience, and going the extra mile to ensure the safety, security, and well-being of our guests onboard,” Kenya Airways stated.
Kenya Airways commended the crew for their exceptional performance and their commitment to maintaining the highest standards of aviation security training.
According to KQ, the crew’s quick action and adherence to strict safety procedures helped calm passengers during stressful circumstances.
“We are proud of the team for showing leadership, taking the necessary security precautions, and exercising a high level of safety measures onboard as per the aviation security training. You demonstrated the true spirit of The Pride of Africa,” the airline further affirmed.
Air Force jets intercepted the flight in mid-air, subsequently transferring control to the UK Royal Air Force, which directed the aircraft to Stansted Airport as a precautionary security measure.
The aircraft, traveling from Nairobi to London Heathrow, successfully landed and was directed to a remote stand, where Essex Police were present.
Following its safe landing, the plane underwent a thorough search conducted by investigators. Subsequently, it was relocated to a docking station to enable passengers to disembark.
Reports indicate that the flight received an escort from RAF fighter jets due to a quick response alert.
The scene was marked by a significant emergency services presence, which included eight fire service crews.
The plane was later released and allowed to proceed to Heathrow with Kenya Airways saying security agencies had established that the threat was of “low credibility”.