Scare as charter plane crash-lands in Kenya

17Jan 2020
The Guardian
Scare as charter plane crash-lands in Kenya

A LIGHT aircraft en route to the Amboseli National Park yesterday morning crash-landed at Mashuru area in Kajiado County.

The plane that came from Wilson Airport in Nairobi was ferrying three tourists.

The pilot and passengers escaped with minor bruises.

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority confirmed the incident, noting that an engine fault caused the mishap.

The plan took off from Nairobi at 7.20 a.m. for Selenkay in Amboseli but crash landed minutes later at 7.45 a.m.

The aircraft, belonging to Yellow Wings Air Services Limited, was being flown by Peter Almendinger. The tourists were identified as Russell, Paris and Susan.

Mashuru Sub-County Deputy Commander Stephen Nyakundi said the passengers and the pilot were in high spirits.

Alternative means of transport, Nyakundi said, was being sought for the tourists.

There has been an average of an aircraft mishap every month within the Kenyan airspace in the past 22 months, according to a report released last year, as the general safety of the country’s aviation industry comes under intense scrutiny.

This comes even as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) rates Kenya’s air safety record as ‘commendable’ with a 78 per cent score in the last released results of 2017.

The score ranked Kenya at position 67 globally and seventh in Africa after South Africa, Mauritania, Togo, Egypt, Gambia and Madagascar.

Beneath this seemingly good record is an industry that insiders say continues to threaten the safety of passengers as regulators, airline operators and the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) look the other way on issues that could be the difference between a safe flight and an accident.

Angered by the state of affairs, Parliament on Friday summoned Transport ministry officials, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) and Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) for grilling in the wake of increased aircraft incidents.