A commercial passenger Kenyan plane, Fokker 50, operated by Silverstone Air company crashed while taking off on Friday morning from Wilson Airport in Kenya’s capital.
The plane was meant to fly to the coastal city of Mombasa, approximately 488 kilometers (303 miles) from Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Witnesses say the aircraft skidded off and crashed on the runway after three minutes during take-off. The plane was breaking part of its wing, before being grounded, tilted to one side. Emergency services including fire trucks from Wilson Airport responded immediately. 55 people were onboard. The passengers and crew including the pilot have all safely disembarked. Several passengers had sustained injuries and rushed to various hospitals across the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Most of the passengers suffered trauma.
"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," said a statement by KAA. There were 31 fatal flights accidents in Kenya since 1919, the country’s air safety profile says. No more information was available about the incident.