Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has successfully conducted a full-scale emergency drill at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The exercise, conducted Wednesday morning, involved a simulated incident of an aircraft that crashed at the region’s busiest airport while overflying the capital, Nairobi.
It was organized by KAA as part of the ongoing efforts to enhance airport emergency response capabilities while at the same time ensuring the highest level of preparedness in the case of unforeseen events.
“KAA would like to assure the public that this incident was entirely simulated and did not pose any real danger to passengers, crew members, or airport operations,” said the agency amid fears an aircraft had crashed at the airport.
“The safety and security of all individuals involved were strictly prioritized throughout the exercise.”
KAA Managing Director Alex Gitari expressed his satisfaction over the manner the drill was conducted.
“Safety is our utmost priority at Kenya Airports Authority, and conducting regular emergency drills is a crucial aspect of our commitment to ensuring the highest level of preparedness,” he noted.
Earlier, the agency sparked fears after it announced in a terse statement that an aircraft overflying Nairobi had encountered an “incident.”
“An aircraft overflying Nairobi encountered an incident at JKIA this morning. Immediate rescue operations are underway, led by our dedicated emergency response teams,” KAA announced at the time.
“We are working closely with authorities as we prioritize the safety of all involved,” it added without divulging finer details regarding the said incident.