Kenyan plane makes crash landing in Sudan

2013-01-02 10:57

Khartoum - A Kenyan Airways plane with 56 passengers on board made an emergency landing in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, after an engine caught fire, witnesses said on Wednesday.

Nobody was hurt, but the incident on Tuesday night left passengers stranded in a country difficult for travel because credit cards do not work in Sudan due to US trade sanctions. Banks change dollars only at a very unfavourable exchange rate compared with the dominant black market.

The Cairo-bound Boeing 737-700 took off in Khartoum after a regular stopover following a flight from Nairobi. But it had to return to the Sudanese capital after 20 minutes, three passengers on board flight KQ 320 said.

"An engine caught fire and the plane suddenly lost much altitude. The pilot made a sharp turn and returned to Khartoum," said Souhair Mohamed Hawala, an Egyptian passenger. "There was panic on board. People were crying or praying."

Other passengers showed what they said were pictures from the damaged wing and engine of the plane.

A Kenyan Airways official said the plane had returned with an unspecified "engine problem" and needed to be repaired in Sudan. "We don't know the cause yet," he said, adding passengers would be booked on the airline's next flight out of Sudan after 24 hours.

  • freddie.miff - 2013-01-02 12:10

    I am not surprised, I had a nasty experiance on Kenya Airways on a flight from Nairobi to Malawi, flaps would not deploy when landing at Lilongwe, vowed then to never use them ever again.

  • jonso.paroad - 2013-01-02 13:01

    I have always been skeptical about the high airfares of Kenya airways and have been forced all the time to use alternative airlines. I have been saved at least I could have been one of the terified passengers.

  • mikealetta - 2013-01-02 13:01

    Please please read the official report, the aircraft turned back for an engine problem and landed normally, at no time did it make a :crash landing" as reported by the headline of this article

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