‘It was a drill’ – KAA announces over JKIA ‘flight incident’

By , K24 Digital
On Wed, 31 May, 2023 13:18 | < 1 min read
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. PHOTO/Courtesy

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has announced that the 'flight incident' at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) was a full-scale emergency drill.

In an initial statement, KAA had announced that an aircraft overflying Nairobi encountered "an incident at JKIA" in the morning.

However, in a subsequent press statement, KAA said it was conducting a safety drill which involved a simulation of an aircraft crashing at the airport.

"KAA would like to announce the successful completion of a full-scale emergency drill conducted at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) this morning. The exercise, which involved a simulated incident of an aircraft that crashed at the airport while overflying Nairobi, was organized by KAA as part of its ongoing commitment to enhancing airport emergency response capabilities and ensuring the highest level of preparedness in case of any unforeseen events," the statement read in part.

KAA says the primary objective of the exercise was to test and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the airport's emergency response procedures, coordination among various agencies, and the overall readiness of the airport's personnel.

"KAA would like to assure the public that this incident was entirely simulated and did not pose any real danger to passengers, crew members, or airport operations. The safety and security of all individuals involved were strictly prioritized throughout the exercise," KAA added.

Mr Alex Gitari, MD of Kenya Airports Authority, expressed his satisfaction with the successful completion of the emergency drill.

"Safety is our utmost priority at Kenya Airports Authority, and conducting regular emergency drills is a crucial aspect of our commitment to ensuring the highest level of preparedness. I commend the efforts of all the personnel involved in this exercise for their professionalism and dedication," Gitari said.

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