MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
A Kenyan military plane has caused flight delays
at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa after it burst its
tyres while taking off on Wednesday.
said that the plane burst all its tyres on the runway affecting
landing and takeoff of planes at the airport.
Several passengers were stranded for hours after a number of
airlines due to travel had to cancel their flights.
"Flights had been diverted to JKIA airport in Nairobi after a
military plane mishap at Moi International Airport-Mombasa,
Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) is conducting operation to get the
aircraft off the runway," a senior Kenya Defence Force (KDF)
Reports indicate that the plane had four KDF officers on
board but were not injured during incident which occurred around
10 a.m. local time.
A team from KAA and Kenya Airways engineers were mobilized
with equipment and spares to carry out the task. KDF spokesman
Paul Njuguna said they have launched investigation into the
Kenya Airways said the incident affected its flights along
Mombasa-Nairobi route due to delays. Operations went back to
normalcy hours later.