In Summary
  • Residents of Park Estate told the Nation that they heard a thud when the plane hit the ground.
  • This was then followed by sirens and strobe lights from ambulances and fire brigades.

Three people were seriously injured and three others hit by shock after a plane skidded off the runway at Wilson Airport in the capital Nairobi on Friday morning.

The accident involving the aircraft operated by Silverstone Air happened at 9.02am local time.

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The cause of the skid was not immediately established but some pilots who spoke to the Nation in confidence said they suspected that one of the plane's two engines failed.

"No fatalities have been recorded, but three seriously injured passengers have been taken to hospital," said Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Director-General Gilbert Kibe.

Witnesses say the aircraft with 50 passengers and five crew members on board lost its way during take-off to Mombasa on its way to Lamu.

It stopped outside the airport next to the Southern Bypass, which connects Mombasa Road to Kikuyu in Kiambu County.

Residents of Park Estate told the Nation that they heard a thud when the plane hit the ground.

This was then followed by sirens and strobe lights from ambulances and fire brigades.

Images from the scene showed that the Fokker 50 aircraft plunged into a thicket, hitting some trees and breaking part of its wing, before being grounded, tilted to one side.

The Fokker 50 is a turboprop-powered airliner, designed as a refinement of and successor to the highly successful Fokker F27 Friendship.

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