Do you have a relative or friends that travelled to Kenya for a Kenya safari? Give them a call and ensure they are fine because a plane operated by Silverstone Air slips off Wilson Airport, Nairobi this morning. Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya, besides Kenya’s main urban centre. Nairobi is also a one-stop city for many travellers undertaking Kenya tours in Kenyas’ different Africa safari destinations like Nairobi National Park that is flocked by travellers on Kenya wildlife safaris or Kenya safari tour vacations. Nairobi National Park Kenya is a large game reserve in Kenya and is famous for being home to the endangered black rhinos, giraffes, zebras and lions. Next to it is a well-regarded elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust open for tourists interested in a Kenya tour. Nairobi is also used as a base for safari trips going elsewhere in Kenya like to any of its remaining 53 National Parks like Masai Mara Wildlife Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Tsavo East National Park, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and many more.
The tragedy happened after the plane had prepared to take off to Mombasa. Mombasa City is Kenya’s most preferred Kenya safari destination. It is located on the Eastern coastline of Kenya bordering the Indian Ocean which has made it a popular Kenya safari tour destination for its beaches. Modern Mombasa is a city of great marine culture and wildlife biodiversity. Many travellers visit Kenya for family vacations, Honeymoon or just to get away from the bustling cities.
This Silverstone Aeroplane is said to be a 56 seater plane that had passengers on board with 5 crew members and 50 passengers on board, two of which were injured during the crash.
It got the challenges on an attempt to take off. The preliminary report shows indicate that there might have been an engine failure tilted to one side, however, Silverstone Air, Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) and managers of Wilson Airport are yet to issue a statement of the mishap.
The plane has two engines which failed at 9 am,” reported the pilot. However, according to witnesses, the right-wing dipped before the crash. The wing was bouncing around hard in the wind. This is when the pilot realized that one of the engines was in trouble as smoke was rushing out of it hence opting for an emergency landing. At this point, the crying, screaming and rumbling of the plane had come to an end. Images from the scene showed that the aircraft plunged into a thicket, hitting some trees and breaking part of its wing that tilted it to one side as it hit the ground
This emergency landing was a hard impact on the plane as well as the passengers on board, some got minor injuries and others were successfully evacuated from the plane. The casualties were rushed to Nairobi Hospital for medical attention. Emergency response teams hurried to the site to ensure everything goes well. There were no fatalities reported. “The passengers and crew have been safely disembarked and we are currently working with the relevant authorities to assess the situation.”
Never the less, “The Aircraft Accident Investigations Directorate, under the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, is carrying out investigations to establish the cause of the accident,” read part of a statement by the Kenya Airports Authority.
About the Silverstone plane
The plane which skid off is a Fokker 50 of registration number 5Y IZO with a serial number of 20244. It was manufactured in 1992 by Fokker aviation of Netherlands. It first entered service with Icelandair Domestic and was commissioned by Silverstone from Air Iceland Air in 2017. The Fokker 50 is a turboprop-powered airliner, designed as a refinement of and successor to the highly successful Fokker F27 Friendship.
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