In Summary
  • Rudufu Air plane is yet to be pulled out of the mud for the second day.
  • Current rains pounding northern Kenya have dampened the poorly maintained airstrip in Mandera West.
  • The cause of the skid is yet to be established.

A passenger plane, operated by local airline Rudufu Air, is stuck in the mud at Takaba Airstrip in Mandera West after skidding off the runway on Sunday.

An employee of Khadija Buko, a local flight booking agent, told the Nation that the plane is yet to be pulled out of the mud for the second day.

“We had 30 passengers on board when the incident happened and they are all safe in Takaba town,” the staffer, who is not authorised to speak to the media, said.

Efforts to pull the plane from the mud have not been successful.

“We tried to pull the plane (out of the mud) using a police lorry but it was impossible. We will either wait until the mud dries up or we get a tractor,” he said.

Current rains pounding northern Kenya have dampened the poorly maintained airstrip in Mandera West.

Rudufu Air plane

People try to push the Rudufu Air plane's tyre out of the mud. PHOTO | COURTESY

EVACUATION

The aircraft skidded off the runaway during take-off to Mandera town after dropping off passengers at the airstrip on Sunday afternoon.

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