2 Planes Collide at JKIA During Maintenance

  • An investigation has been launched after two planes collided at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Saturday.

    The two Embraer planes, which are owned by Kenya Airways, crashed while undergoing maintenance at the airport.

    No injuries were reported during the incident.

    Photos shared on social media showed one aircraft with a damaged nose while the other had a damaged wing.

    In a statement, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) Director-General Gilbert Kibe promised to get to the bottom of the matter. He also revealed that services might be disrupted. 

    “We will find out what went wrong and we will mitigate to ensure it does not happen again.

    “Some flights will likely be canceled. Every plane has something that it’s doing every day. If two are not available, that will really mess up the schedule,” stated Kibe.

    Kenya Airways has experienced a few mishaps over the last few years.

    The most memorable tragedy occurred in 2007 when KQ flight 507 crashed immediately after take off.

    The plane, which had departed from Doula International Airport in Cameroon, exploded into small pieces.

    All the 105 passengers who were on board and 6 flight crew members perished during the accident. 

    In yet another incident, 169 passengers and 10 flight crew members died on January 30, 2000, when KQ flight 431 crashed in the Atlantic Ocean near Ivory Coast.