KQ flight to Johannesburg cleared for take-off as temporary shutdown lifted

KQ flight to Johannesburg cleared for take-off as temporary shutdown lifted

A Johannesburg-bound Kenya Airways plane which was on Wednesday forced to abort take off at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi following a false bomb alarm is now set to depart at 7:30pm.

Kenya Airways, in a follow-up statement to newsrooms, said passengers had been processed and the plane – Flight KQ 762 – cleared for take-off.

“The diverted flights have also now been cleared to land at JKIA as the temporary shutdown has been lifted,” read the statement.

According to sources who spoke to Citizen Digital, commotion was witnessed in the airport when a man allegedly raised a false alarm in the Johannesburg-bound plane.

It was alleged that the passenger mentioned the word ‘bomb’ during an argument with one of the flight attendants, causing a scare in the plane which was taxing ready for take-off.

The suspect has since been handed to the Anti-Terror Police Unit for further interrogation.