Pilot Saves 40 Lives, Crash Lands Plane Near Kenya-Somalia Border

KEY POINTS

  • Skyward express passenger plane crash-landed on Wednesday near the Kenya-Somalia border.
  • 37 passengers were on board alongside crew members but no one was injured during the accident.
  • The plane was from Wilson airport in Nairobi and experienced a mechanical challenge when it was about to land

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At least 41 people are lucky to be alive after a plane that was ferrying them from Nairobi crash-landed earlier on Wednesday.

According to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) Director General Gilbert Kibe the skyward express passenger plane crash-landed in Bura Hache area near the Kenya-Somalia border on Wednesday.

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The plane was heading to Elwak in Mandera county from Wilson airport in Nairobi when the accident happened and was carrying 37 passengers, two pilots and two crew members.

Reports say that the plane experienced a mechanical problem when it was about to land at the military camp in Boru Hache however further investigations would be carried out to determine the real cause of the accident.

According to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, the Somalia Civil Aviation Authority will conduct the investigations since the area is under control of the Somalia National Army.

Some of the survivors said that they escaped with minor injuries however the Mandera county commissioner Onesmus Chata who confirmed the incident said that there were no serious injuries caused by the accident.

Photos taken from the scene of the accident show that the plane landed on its belly and was damaged.

This comes a month after a military helicopter crashed in Ngong’ area, Kajiado county during a training mission. 17 soldiers perished during the incident. According to the police there were 23 soldiers on board. 6 of them were seriously injured and were transferred to Nairobi for specialized treatment.

Related: Several KDF Soldiers Dead After Airforce Helicopter Crashes In Kajiado

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