Kenyan Plane Crashes with 55 people

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A Kenyan plane operated by Silverstone Air company off the runway during takeoff, skidding into trees and leaving nine people injured on Friday morning.

The aircraft flying 55 people from Kenya’s capital to tourist attraction Lamu island veered, according to the police and Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) officials.

The police and Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) officials confirmed that a number of passengers had sustained injuries and were taken to different hospitals in Nairobi.

A statement issued by KAA stated that the Aircraft Accident Investigations Directorate, under the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, and Urban Development, is carrying out investigations to establish the cause of the accident.

This March, in an aviation disaster occurred in Ethiopia, all 157 passengers mostly Kenyans died when a Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa.

KAA manages four international, and four domestic airports in the country as well as several airstrips. The main airports managed by the country’s airport authority are Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Moi International Airport, Eldoret International Airport and Kisumu International Airport.

All the airports handled a total of 8 million passengers in 2012, and the flagship currently handles 6 million passengers annually, it was learned.

Silverstone Air has emerged as Kenya’s leading domestic airline providing daily flight services to Mombasa, Ukunda, Malindi, Lamu, Kisumu and Lodwar.