– Nairobi-bound Kenya Airways (KQ) flight departed from Moi International Airport in Mombasa at 5:54pm
– It was airborne at 6:07pm when the aircraft’s warning system raised alarm, forcing captain to turn back
– The plane which had 95 passengers and five crew members was declared grounded after assessment by engineers
Kenya Airways (KQ) flight was on Monday, June 17, evening forced to reverse mid-air and make an emergency landing IN Mombasa about 20 minutes after take-off.
The Nairobi-bound flight, KQ609, departed from Moi International Airport at 1754 hours (5:54pm) and was airborne by 1807 hours ( 6:07pm) when the plane’s warning system raised alarm, forcing the captain to turn back and return to the airport in Mombasa.
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Confirming the freak incident, the airline indicated there was indeed a disruption on a scheduled flight from Mombasa to Nairobi due to a fault in the aircraft’s warning system which raised a false mechanical alarm forcing the captain to take precautionary safety measures.
“Flight KQ609 departed Mombasa at 1754 hours and was airborne at 1807 hours. Flight landed back in Mombasa at 1834 hours and parked at 1839 hours.
The flight had 95 passengers and five crew members. After assessment, engineers declared the aircraft grounded. Some passengers were accommodate on subsequent flights KQ617 and KQ619,” the flag carrier said in a statement.
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The remaining passengers, however, had to delay their journey until Tuesday (today) and were provided with accommodation in Mombasa.
Among those affected was one Shoba Gatimu Harrison who accused KQ of negligence claiming two of its air crafts had developed mechanical issues which had not been fixed.
“Allegedly, these…flights have been having mechanical issues the last one week and apparently one of them even had an issue earlier today (Monday, June 17).
How much more negligence do we have to condone until something is done? This is extremely absurd! Still, there is no communication on today’s incident from Kenya Airways. What is going on?” a seemingly frustrated and agitated Harrison lamented.
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The airline has since clarified what could have been the issue with the now grounded flight saying engineers were already assessing the problem and will give an update.
“We advise clients to contact KQ Cantact Centre on any query. We apologise for any convenience caused,” KQ said.
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