Safarilink, Silverstone plane incidents raise questions over safety
A Safarilink plane that was from Lamu skidded off the runway at Wilson Airport on Tuesday evening after a tyre burst.
A press statement from the airline however said none of the 12 passengers were injured.
“Our aircraft a Cessna Caravan C208 registration 5Y-SLJ had a tyre burst on landing at Wilson Airport at 1820… the aircraft was procedurally removed from the runway,” the statement reads.
The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) explained that the runway had to be closed for 30 minutes for the plane to be towed away.
“The incident is regrettable,” the authority said.
This comes just days after a Silverstone Air plane made an emergency landing at Eldoret International Airport after a tyre fell off during take-off.
Passengers were later booked onto another airline, Skyward, for the remainder of the journey to Nairobi.
The incident occurred less than a month after another plane operated by Silverstone Air crashed at Wilson Airport shortly after take-off.
KCAA has since begun auditing Silverstone Air Services following the series of incidents.
“The audit is being performed in order to determine the level of compliance with the current Civil Aviation regulations and their own company approved manuals and procedures,” said Director General Capt. Gilbert Kibe.
Kenyans took to Twitter to express their dismay and alarm over the increased number of incidents in the past one month.
Argument that we be grateful the Pilot of Silverstone steered the plane to safety shows how low we have sunk .. It is not normal for planes to have their tires fall off … It is not normal for planes to miss the runaway …. Kenyans shouldn’t normalize Mediocrity & Ineptitude.
— Donald B Kipkorir (@DonaldBKipkorir) October 28, 2019
The Government of Kenya is patiently waiting for a Silverstone Aviation plane to kill several Kenyans before taking action. Patience pays here in Kenya. In the meantime, stop noising. Just don’t board the damn plane. ^DoS
— Nelson Havi (@NelsonHavi) October 28, 2019
— THOMAS (@MiregwaThomas) October 29, 2019
— Brianna Kemunto (@BriannaKemunto) October 29, 2019
“We need authority have random inspection of crafts at all destinations of arrival and departure. This week….2 Separate incident with Tyres,” Khalida Luweny said.