This is such a terrible news and a wake up call to aviation authorities around the continent to sit up and ensure that such accidents never occur and are averted.
Two Kenya Airways planes collided Saturday at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and thankfully no injuries were reported.
The Embraer planes collided while undergoing maintenance, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Director-General, Gilbert Kibe, said. No injuries were reported.
Captain Kibe said airport safety officials are investigating the incident.
“We will find out what went wrong and we will mitigate to ensure it does not happen again,” he said.
Airport officials have opened investigation into the incident. Mr Kibe added that a disruption of services at JKIA would be inevitable.
“Some flights will likely be cancelled. Every aeroplane has something that it’s doing every day. If two are not available, that will really mess up the schedule,”
“We hope that the flights will come back to normal as soon as possible,” added Captain Kibe.
This photo provided by Mizan News Agency, shows an Iranian rescue works at the site of a Boeing 707 cargo plane crash, at Fath Airport about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. An Iranian emergency management official has told state TV that 16 people were on board a Boeing 707 cargo plane that crashed west of Tehran and that there is only one known survivor. (Hasan Shirvani/Mizan News Agency via AP)
The troubled airline has been battling to win back the confidence of passengers after a tumultuous couple of years that involved a long-standing feud with pilots’ union, the Kenya Airline Pilots Association, and a shift in top management.
What are your thoughts on this story and how do you think such occurrences can be averted in our airports and air spaces?