Fly540 plane forced to make emergency landing in Turkana

Fly540 plane forced to make emergency landing in Turkana

A Fly540 aircraft was forced to make emergency landing in Lokichar, Turkana County after it developed mechanical problems.

The plane that had 49 passengers and five crew members was headed to Nairobi when the incident occurred at Kapese Airstrip on Friday morning.

“At 9:54am, Fly540’s DASH8 300 had a suspected foreign object strike which led to an engine failure. The Captain then declared an emergency landing,” a statement from the carrier said.

Passengers were seen disembarking from the aircraft and shortly afterwards, ambulances and security officers arrived at the scene.

There were no injuries reported. Fly540 however said the incident would cause delays in scheduled services over the next few days.

On January 5 this year, Fly540 cancelled all flights to Lamu until further notice following a botched dawn attack by Al- Shabaab militants.

The militants had launched an attack at the Manda airstrip which is adjacent to Camp Simba military base that hosts military personnel from both Kenya and U.S forces.

The airstrip was then closed until further notice.

In November 2018, there was another incident involving a Fly540 plane that made an emergency landing in Nairobi.

The plane from Lodwar had  a tyre burst during take-off but the pilot continued with the journey only to make an emergency landing at Wilson Airport.

In August the same year, a Fly540 plane aborted take-off after one of the tyres got stuck in a pothole at the Manda Airport in Lamu.

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