Silverstone airplane crashes at Wilson airport runway

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The Lamu bound airplane – flight 5Y-IZO – crashed shortly after take-off. The plane had 50 passengers on board, two of which were injured during the crash. No fatalties have been reported and all passengers have been evacuated from the plane.

Initial reports indicate that the 60 seater plane had challenges during take-off.

Silverstone Air have released a statement to confirm this accident stating
“We can confrim that our Fokker 50, 5Y-IZO, had an incident while taking off at 9:00AM … The passengers and crew have been safely disembarked and we are currently working with the relevant authorities to assess the situation.”

 

The crash happened near Nairobi’s Southern By-pass.According to a report on NTV, the plane skidded off the runway when taking off.Several passengers have been injured and have been taken to different hospitals in the city.

Kenya Red Cross confirmed the accident and said the plane developed technical issues after take off. Rescue operations are underway.

NTV Journalist Dennis Okari confirmed to have been at the airport in the morning and alleged that the crash could have been a result of the numerous potholes on the runway.
“I was on board @silverstoneair in the morning at 7:15am – Eldoret & met some of the passengers on that flight to Mombasa. The runway was very wet but what struck me was the potholes. Our pilot was literally dodging them as we taxied. We hit two of them hard #WilsonAirport 
Blogger Robert Alai claimed that the small airlines will kill everyone because the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) boss is receiving bribes to allow them to operate.

“One thing I said about these aircrafts is that they will kill many people. These small airlines at Wilson Airport are a national security risk. Someone is waiting for people to be killed.

Meanwhile, KCAA boss is collecting bribes from the bosses everyday. “