KQ plane offshoots runaway in Entebbe
Written By:Judith Akolo , Posted: Mon, Apr 21, 2008
A Kenya Airways plane was involved in a mishap at the Entebbe International Airport Monday morning.
The aircraft is said have encountered bad weather at Entebbe and landed right in the middle of the runway instead of at the beginning, as is normally the case.
It took the pilot’s effort to apply emergency breaks to bring the aircraft to a halt.
It therefore overshot the runway by at least four meters stopping right at the edge of the runway.
Uganda Airports Authority staff had to use a towing truck to pull the aircraft back to the arrival area for the shaken passengers to disembark.
It is said to have been a minor mishap as the aircraft made the return journey to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
In a statement from Kenya Airways confirming about the Boeing 737-300 incident, it said that there were however no injuries or casualties on the 113 passengers and 7 crew members on board and no damage to the aircraft.
” Owing to heavy downpour and poor visibility in Entebbe, the pilot landed long and into the runway. The plane suffered a deflated tyre as a result of this action. The tyre was subsequently changed in 35 minutes and the plane embarked on the return journey to Nairobi with 66 passengers and 7 crew members on board.” It said.