Kenya suspends airlines budget after accidents

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Two budget airlines in Kenya have had their licences removed for one week following a spate of accidents.

Safe Air and Adventure Aloft are to be inspected by Kenya’s Civil Aviation Authority to ensure they are fit for flying.

The last two months have seen at least half a dozen accidents involving small carriers operating local routes in Kenya.

A third carrier, Silverstone Airlines, has had its entire fleet grounded and all future flights cancelled. Last month alone, one Silverstone flight skidded off the runaway, another lost a wheel on take-off while a third clipped another plane on the ramp as it was taxiing for routine engine runs.

Kenya’s Civil Aviation Authority has assured Kenyans that air travel is safe even as it continues investigations into the accidents.

 

Dominica Nwabufo