An aircraft owned by Kenyan airline Silverstone Air on Friday morning crashed at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport.
The Lamu-bound Fokker 50, 5Y-IZO plane is said to have skidded off the runway shortly after take-off with 55 passengers on board, including five crew members.
“We can confirm that our Fokker 50, 5Y-IZO has had an incident while taking off at Wilson Airport at 9 am this morning. The aircraft was operating the Wilson-Mombasa-Lamu-Mombasa-Wilson route,” Silverstone Air, a privately owned company, said in a statement.
President Kenyatta commended the emergency rescue teams at Wilson Airport for a swift response following the 9 am accident, where no fatalities were recorded. Nine people were reported to have sustained injuries.
“His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta commends emergency rescue teams stationed at Wilson Airport in Nairobi for their swift response following an accident involving a Silverstone Air operated Fokker 50 aircraft. The President at the same time wishes quick recovery to passengers injured on the ill-fated aircraft,” State House spokesperson Kanze Dena said.
“Civil aviation authorities are investigating the incident with a view of not only establishing the cause of the mishap but also putting in place measures to avoid similar incidents in the future.”
The rescue teams at the airport immediately rushed to the scene of the accident to help disembark the passengers and flight crew.