May 23, 2024

Panic as plane with 266 passengers forced to make emergency landing at Moi International Airport 2 mins after take-off

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Panic as plane with 266 passengers forced to make emergency landing at Moi International Airport 2 mins after take-off

A plane en route to Germany forced to make an emergency landing at  Moi International Airport two minutes after take-off

A plane en route to Germany forced to make an emergency landing at  Moi International Airport two minutes after take-off.

According to preliminary investigations, the plane suffered a malfunction during takeoff. 

The Moi International Airport manager said the aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing just two minutes after takeoff. 

The incident, which occurred at around 12.22 pm on Tuesday, May 7, exactly two minutes after takeoff, affected the aircraft’s left engine.

The airport manager, Abel Gogo, confirmed the incident, saying the aircraft was grounded after the incident and is still under repair. 

“It’s a charter plane that normally comes to Mombasa from Europe, and the aircraft is still here undergoing repairs,” Gogo said. Disaster management teams responded to the alert and dispatched eight fire engines and more than 10 ambulances, and safety evacuated the 266 people on board. There was panic, leading to delays in the landing and takeoff of other aircraft, temporarily affecting airport operations. 

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This comes after a helicopter ferrying government spokesperson Isaac Mwaura was forced to make an emergency landing in Gishungo, Kikuyu constituency. 

In a statement on Wednesday, May 8, the government disclosed that the chopper was also carrying Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Idriss Ahmed. 

The duo were coming from Kisumu, where they had gone to distribute relief food to people affected by heavy floods. 

The statement indicates that poor weather conditions in the area caused the scary incident. In a video shared by Mwaura’s office, he disclosed to police officers that he was well at the scene. 

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