Advertisement

Crew feared dead after Nairobi plane crash

Nairobi - A cargo plane crashed into a commercial building in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, shortly after taking off from the city's main airport on Wednesday and the four crew members on board were feared dead, the Kenyan Airports Authority (KAA) said.

Television footage showed the tail and wings of a white plane ripped in half outside a smouldering two-storey building left mangled by the force of the impact.

Security personnel attempt to retrieve bodies from the wreckage of a cargo plane that crashed into a commercial building on the Utawala estate on the outskirts of Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Picture: Thomas Mukoya. Credit: Reuters

KAA said on its Twitter feed all the crew members were “feared to have perished”. Kenyan media reported the four crew members were killed.

The plane crashed into shops in Nairobi's Embekasi neighbourhood near the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), where a terminal was gutted by a major fire last year.

JKIA is east Africa's busiest airport and acts as vital travel gateway to the region. - Reuters

SHOW ALL
Advertisement