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A Kenyan Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Wheel Falls Off

A plane had to make an emergency landing in Kenya after one of aircraft’s wheels fell off during take-off.
30 Oct 2019 10:11
A Kenyan Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Wheel Falls Off
Photo: Independent UK

Independent UK reported that a plane had to make an emergency landing in Kenya after one of aircraft’s wheels fell off during take-off.

The flight, operated by the Silverston Air, a domestic Kenyan airline was departing Lodar, northwest of Kenya on Monday (28/10/2019) when the incident occured.

The pilot made a sudden decision to land in Eldoret, west of Kenya instead of its scheduled landed at the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

“The wheel was collected by members of public several metres outside the airport,” Turkana Central Sub County Police Commander David Mburukwa, IOL News reported.

“It was recovered and taken to airport manager’s office,” he said.

The Bombardier Dash 8-300 passenger plane, with four passengers and five crew members on board, was forced to make an emergency landing in Turkana County, northern Kenya, after a wheel dropped off midair moments after take-off.

Police and emergency services at Moi International Airport in Eldoret established emergency measures to receive the plane which landed a few minutes later following take-off.

In a statement, Silverstone Air confirmed the incident, saying the plane lost “the number 3 wheel assembly” and that it had activated contingency plans while affected customers were rebooked and have since landed safely in Nairobi.

The SilverStone Air released an official statement explaining of sudden landing.

“We would like to confirm that our flight Dash 8 – 300 from Lodwar to Nairobi experienced an incident during takeoff and as a result, lost the number 3 wheel assembly,” the airline said in a statement.

“The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority. The captain of the flight decided to divert to Eldoret International Airport in the interests of the continued safety of the passengers and the crew.
“This was a precautionary action and the aircraft landed safely.”

 

It is the second time in three weeks that the airline experienced safety issues, Independent UK reported.

An earlier incident happened when a Silverstone Air jet carrying 55 people skidded off the runway at Nairobi’s Wilson airport during taking off on 11 October, leaving nine passengers injured.

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has said it has launched a probe into the airline as a result.

“As per the provision of Civil Aviation Act No. 21 of 2013, amended in 2016, KCAA is mandated to manage, regulate and operate a safe, secure and efficient Civil Aviation system in Kenya,” KCAA director general Gilbert Kibe said in a statement.

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