In Summary
  • Mr Kibe clarified that other fleet of Silverstone planes continue to operate normally as they have been inspected and found to be safe.
  • There has been an average of an aircraft mishap every month within the Kenyan airspace in the past 22 months.

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has suspended the licences of two airlines citing safety reasons.

Director General Gilbert Kibe told MPs on Tuesday that after inspection, Safe Air Company and Adventure Aloft stand suspended and should not be used by Kenyans.

Mr Kibe also told the National Assembly Transport and housing committee that Dash 8, an aircraft belonging to Silverstone, has also been suspended for seven days.

SAFETY

“They cannot operate until we come up with a report on what happened that led to the fall off of the wheel,” Mr Kibe said.

Mr Kibe, however, clarified that other fleet of Silverstone planes continue to operate normally as they have been inspected and found to be safe.

Mr Kibe and other aviation players were invited by the David Pkosing-led committee over the rising cases of air accidents in the country.

The meeting aborted last week after KCA wrote requesting for more time.

MPs, however, called for a comprehensive report of air accidents in the last decade. The legislators said that KCAA should not only single out one airline. Mr Kibe said they are currently conducting safety audit of all airlines.

There has been an average of an aircraft mishap every month within the Kenyan airspace in the past 22 months, according to a report, as the general safety of the country’s aviation industry comes under intense scrutiny.

GOOD RECORD

This comes even as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) rates Kenya’s air safety record as ‘commendable’ with a 78 per cent score in the last released results of 2017.

The score ranked Kenya at position 67 globally and seventh in Africa after South Africa, Mauritania, Togo, Egypt, Gambia and Madagascar.

Beneath this seemingly good record is an industry that insiders say continues to threaten the safety of passengers as regulators, airline operators and the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) look the other way on issues that could be the difference between a safe flight and an accident.

Mr Kibe said the recent incidents “are isolated and investigations have been launched”.

The KCAA boss had been invited alongside Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia and the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) management after two planes belonging to Silverstone Airlines recorded emergency landing incidents in a span of three weeks.

Mr Gitari told the MPs that Sh350 million had been budgeted to refill the gaping potholes on the runway at the Wilson airport.

The frequency and sometimes the casualties involved put the aviation sector regulator, KCAA, on the spot over the quality of inspections they do and the extent to which they enforce laws and regulations regarding acquisition of Air Service Licences and maintenance of the aircraft.

ACCIDENTS

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