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Several people injured in Malindi Airport plane crush

10 October 2012, 10:26 Alloys Musyoka

Several people are suspected to have been seriously injured after a plane veered off  Malindi airport runway at around 1:30 pm when it was taking off.

The plane registration number, ZS-SSY,UGRO is said to had landed at Malindi Airport one hour before it landed back as it was taking off according to eye witnesses.

The plane has a capacity of 12 passengers and it is suspected that those who were inside sustained serious injuries although Malindi Airport manager could not be reached for comment before we went to publication.

Mr. Samuel Kamau a masonry who was working at the fence of the Airport said they saw the plane at the running way speeding and before it took off a loud noise was heard from the plane which stopped immediately.

"We suspect that one tire of the plane burst because after the loud noise one side of the plane bended down and then fire extinguishers vehicle arrived immediately," noted Kamau.

He said they also saw two people being dragged out of the plane to the airport ambulance seconds after the accident.

The accident occurred exactly at the same spot where another plane landed back after it took off few days ago amid speculation that the runway of the Malindi Airport has a lot of potholes which may be causing planes accidents every now and then.

Journalists were denied access to the scene of incident and were forced to take pictures of the plane from a hiding place outside the Airport where they were also chased away by Airport police.

However Malindi Airport manager Mr.Walter Agong put journalists on hold claiming that he was in a crucial meeting.

"I am in a crucial ,meeting i will come to you later please,' Agong told journalist when he was contacted for interview outside his office by journalists.

The accident takes place a week after six sky divers escaped death narrowly at the same point when the aircraft they were flying in developed mechanical problems and landed back.

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