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Plane Crash Lands in Nyeri

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  • A plane crash-landed in Kigwandi Village, Nyeri County on Saturday night, September 11.

    The light aircraft registered under flight number 5Y-TAH, developed mechanical problems mid-air, forcing the pilot to initiate immediate landing.

    No casualties were reported in the incident. The pilot, who was the only occupant of the plane, survived the crash without injuries.

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    The Plane that Crash Landed in Kigwandi Village, Nyeri Town on Saturday, September 11.
    The Plane that Crash Landed in Kigwandi Village, Nyeri Town on Saturday, September 11.
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    The pilot was flying from Timau to Mweiga to visit his friend.

    Notably at the time of publishing, efforts to reach the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) were futile as calls remained unanswered.

    According to the International Civil Aviation Organization, this type of plane crash  is known as “controlled flight into terrain” (CFIT). This refers to aircraft that were piloted into the ground, water, mountains or other terrains.

    The cause could be bad weather leading to poor visibility, a navigation mistake or a more fundamental pilot error. 

    In addition, some of the underlying causes of aviation accidents caused by mechanical failures include, manufacturing or design  defects,  failure to properly inspect the aircraft, poor maintenance of the aircraft, metal fatigue and failure to timely replace component parts.

    On August 25, two people survived after the plane they were flying in crashed near Oldonyowas, Chyulu Hills. The two were airlifted to a hospital in Nairobi for further treatment.

    KCAA stated launched investigations to establish the root cause of the crash. The probe was led by the Air Accident Investigation Department of the Transport ministry.

    On July 21, a Skyward Airlines plane with 45 passengers on board crash-landed at ELWAK Somalia while on its way to Mandera from Nairobi.

    The plane reportedly skidded off the runway at Elwak airstrip in Gedo, near Mandera, damaging its propeller and landing gear. 

    In a separate incident, two people lost their lives after their plane crashed at Mwalashi, Vuria Hill. The plane operates by Flying Centre (FTC) was headed to Mombasa from Wilson Airport when it crashed.

    Skyward aircraft crash-landed at Burahache on Wednesday, July 21, 2021
    Skyward aircraft crash-landed at Burahache on Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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