Emergency landing in Eldoret as Silverstone plane loses tyre after take off

By Miriam Nyamari On Mon, 28 Oct, 2019 12:47 | < 1 min read
Silverstone: Our plane’s tyre did not catch fire shortly after leaving Wilson Airport [PHOTO | FILE]
Silverstone: Our plane’s tyre did not catch fire shortly after leaving Wilson Airport [PHOTO | FILE]

A Silverstone Air plane that took off from Lodwar at around 9.30am on Monday had to make an emergency landing at the Elodret International Airport after losing a rear tyre.

On board were nine people — four passengers and five members of crew.

One of the Silverstone officials, who declined to be mentioned, told K24 Digital that: “The captain of the plane decided to land in Eldoret International Airport in the interests of the continued safety of the passengers and crew.” 

The official said that the emergency lading was purely a precautionary action and the aircraft landed safely. 

The official also assured their customers that they have taken appropriate measures to ensure the safety of their passengers and crew.

Uasin Gishu County Commander Johnstone Ipara while speaking to our K24’s Eldoret-based correspondent, Timothy Simwa, confirmed that they received reports from their counterparts in Lodwar that the aircraft had a technical problem which necessitated an emergency landing.

“We put measures in place to make sure that those on board alighted safely.” Johnstone Ipara said 

“Nobody was injured, nobody panicked or fainted, all of them walked out majestically, humbly.”

The Police county boss also warned those spreading fake news on social media and asked them to verify information before sharing. 

“Those spreading the ‘purported’ right information on social media must always strive to get the right information before they feed Kenyans with misinformation that may cause fear and panic particularly to the families of those on board.”

“Through the proper training the pilot has undergone, he was able to land safely and in a professional way. The landing was safer than any other.”

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