President commends rescue teams following Wilson Airport incident

Written By: Claire Wanja
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The aircraft which was destined for Lamu via Mombasa had 55 persons on board, 50 passengers and 5 crew members.
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended the rescue teams for swift response following aircraft accident at Wilson Airport.

In a statement Friday, State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena said: “The president 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.” She said.

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The President at the same time wished quick recovery to passengers injured on the ill-fated aircraft.

According to preliminary information, the aircraft, which was on a scheduled service of the Nairobi-Mombasa-Lamu route with 50 passengers and five crew members onboard, skidded off the runway as it prepared to take off from Wilson Airport at 9am today morning.

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Kanze added that 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 future.

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The aircraft was operating the Wilson-Mombasa-Lamu-Mombasa-Wilson route.

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