Silverstone crash: Uhuru commends rescue teams for swift response

Silverstone crash: Uhuru commends rescue teams for swift response

President Uhuru Kenyatta has lauded rescue teams for their quick response to the Silverstone Air crash on Friday.

A statement from State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena Mararo also noted that the President wished passengers a quick recovery.

Reports indicate that nine people who were seriously injured in the 9am incident have been admitted to hospital.

— Nasir (@nasirkenya) October 11, 2019

“Some of the passengers who were on board and were saved continued with their journey as scheduled, our air craft schedule will continue as usual,” Captain Sheila Muturi, a manager at Silverstone Air told a Press briefing.

50 passengers and five crew members were onboard the Silverstone aircraft that skidded off the runway as it prepared to take off from Wilson Airport.

Cpt. Muturi noted that the accident is being investigated and KCAA is not in a position to give preliminary cause of the accident.

She said they were not aware of any potholes on the runway.

The plane had been scheduled to leave Nairobi for Lamu when the accident occurred.

Silverstone airline operates six routes: Mombasa, Kisumu, Malindi, Ukunda, Lamu and Lodwar.

Two years ago, a light aircraft crash-landed off Wilson Airport three minutes after take-off.

The plane crashed between the Southern Bypass and Kibera.

Five people who were onboard the aircraft at the time: 2 crew and 3 Citizen TV journalists, sustained injuries and were taken to hospital.