Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya, was almost completely shut down on Monday due to an aborted takeoff by a Singapore Airlines (SIA) cargo plane that congested the airport’s single runway.
The situation lasted for more than eight hours. When the Amsterdam-bound Boeing 747-400 freighter was due to take off at around 8.10 a.m. local time (1.10 p.m. Singapore time), it suffered a technical problem with one of its engines.
SIA Cargo plane bird strike at Kenya
However, some tires deflated as the aircraft, Flight SQ7343, stopped on the runway. According to an SIA representative in answer to questions from reporters. Despite the crew’s success in stopping the aircraft before it took off.
The representative apologized for the inconvenience and stated that more research was being done.
Statement from Kenya’s Ministry
The incident resulted in punctures in 11 of the 16 rear tires of the aircraft, according to a statement from Kenya’s Ministry of Roads and Transport.
The ministry added that the jet had to have its 100 tonnes of cargo unloaded and its damaged tires replaced before it could be dragged away.
The aircraft was taken off the runway at around 4.40 pm, according to a tweet from Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Roads and Transport, Kipchumba Murkomen.
According to data from the flight-tracking website Flightradar24, the plane began taxiing onto the runway at JKIA in the early morning hours before slackening to a halt after achieving a high ground speed of 151 knots, or roughly 280 km/h.
A jet with the SIA livery is shown surrounded by cars and people on the tarmac in images shared by internet user Davis Sango on Twitter on Monday.
Before the plane was removed, the Kenya Airports Authority posted on Twitter that “the safety of all passengers is our top priority, and we are working closely with the relevant authorities to resolve this situation as quickly and safely as possible.”
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