Emergency landing in Kenya as wheels fell off during take-off

Published on : Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The flight operated by domestic Kenyan airline Silverstone Air had to make an emergency landing after the aircraft’s wheels fell off during take-off.



On Monday 28 October the flight was departing Lodwar in northwest Kenya when the incident took place.



The flight was to land in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital however the pilot took the decision of touching down in Eldoret in west Kenya instead.


The airline said that they wanted to confirm that their flight Dash 8 300 from Lodwar to Nairobi experienced an incident during takeoff and as a result, lost the number 3 wheel assembly.



The captain of the flight decided to divert to Eldoret International Airport as the safety of their customers and crew is the top priority.


The aircraft landed sfely and all passengers were booked onto alternative flights to Nairobi.



After 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. This was  the second time in three weeks the airline has experienced safety issues.


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



KCAA director general Gilbert Kibe said in a statement that 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.



In order to check the level of compliance with the current Civil Aviation regulations and their own company approved manuals and procedures the audit will be performed.


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