Plane crash: Man missed death by a whisker


The wreckage of the plane crash in the Aberdares. Fly SAX said there were no ...
The wreckage of the plane crash in the Aberdares. Fly SAX said there were no survivors.

In Summary

  • The man intimated that heavy rains and foggy weather further convinced him that travelling to Nairobi aboard the delayed flight would not be a good idea.
  • He then left the Kitale airport and went back home to Bungoma, a trip that takes about one hour and 35mins by road, according to Google Maps.
  • It is only after he arrived at his house, had supper and opened his laptop, that he discovered that the plane he was to travel in was missing.

A man in Bungoma missed death by a whisker after it emerged that he was to be on the Fly SAX plane that crashed but cancelled his flight.

Peter Mwangale, 68, was to board the plane in Kitale at midday but called off his trip at the last minute after he was told the flight would be delayed until late in the afternoon.

Nilifika airport karibu saa tano na nusu asubuhi nikiwa tayari kuondoka lakini nikaambiwa ndege wamereschedule mpaka saa nane (I got to the airport at 11:30am prepared to travel but was told that the flight had been rescheduled to 2pm).

Kufika saa tisa, wakatuambia ndege itaondoka karibu saa kumi wakati tulikuwa tumeshapata boarding passes (When it got to 3pm, they told us that the flight would now leave at 4pm yet we already had our boarding passes),” Mwangale told Citizen TV.

He narrated how he followed his instincts and decided not to travel.

Mwangale then asked the Fly SAX team to give him back his luggage that he had checked in.

Missing Plane 

The man intimated that heavy rains and foggy weather further convinced him that travelling to Nairobi aboard the delayed flight would not be a good idea.

He then left the Kitale airport and went back home to Bungoma, a trip that takes about one hour and 35mins by road, according to Google Maps.

It is only after he arrived at his house, had supper and opened his laptop, that he discovered that the plane he was to travel in was missing.

Nilipigia kijana moja simu mwenye anafanya kazi kwa control tower akaniambia weather ni mbaya (I called an airport employee who works at the control tower and he told me that the weather was really bad).

Aliniambia karibu Kinangop waliuliza kama kuna mahali ndege inaweza kuland lakini hapo ndio communication ikapotea (He told me that they requested for somewhere to land near Kinangop and it is at that point that communication with the plane was lost),” Mwangale added.

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