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Two dead as two planes collide mid-air in Kenya

Author: Chany Ninrew | Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2024

A Cessna aircraft belonging to Ninety-Nines Flying School crashes in Nairobi. PHOTO| COURTESY

At least two people died, and 44 others survived when two planes collided mid-air at Nairobi National Park in Kenya on Tuesday, multiple media reported.

Both planes – a Dash 8 passenger owned by Safari Link and a Cessna plane carrying two people on a training session, took off from Wilson Airport in Nairobi, according to Nation newspaper.

It was further reported that those who died are a student and a trainer on the Cessna plane which crashed in the park, while the Dash 8 safely landed back at Wilson Airport.

Safarilink, the company which owns the plane involved in the grisly incident, published a statement confirming the collision.

“Safarilink Aviation wishes to report that this morning at 9:45 Local Time our flight number 053 with 39 passengers and 5 crew on board headed to Diani experienced a loud bang soon after take-off,” it said.

“The crew decided to immediately turn back to Nairobi-Wilson Airport for further inspection and assessment and landed safely. There were no casualties reported.”

Citizen Digital news site reported that the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has commenced investigations to establish the circumstances that led to the collision.

 

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