By NJ Correspondent:
Several passengers were on Sunday left stranded after an airplane from Somalia crash landed touching the ground on its belly before veering off the runway leading to the temporarily closure of the airport for hours.
Kenyan airport authorities (KAA) said they were forced to close the airport briefly on Sunday evening to evacuate the aircraft from the runaway.
“An airplane from Somalia made an emergency landing at JKIA; the landing was made at around 4.55PM and aircraft landed on its belly turned off the Runway,” said KAA officials said on Twitter.
“Fortunately, no passengers were hurt, only four people were on board and they escaped unhurt.” added KAA officials.
Authorities said the incident paralyzed departures and landings at the airport forcing all arriving planes diverted to Mombasa and other airports as the runway remained inaccessible on Sunday evening.
JKIA is one of the busiest airports in Africa.
On Monday by 8.50am Kenya Airways confirmed that over 12 planes departed from Moi International Airport saying that the situation was swiftly impeded.
KQ officials assured all passengers that the situation will get back to normalcy and there was no cause for alarm.