1 September 2014

Kenya: Plane With Three Aboard From Mwanza to JKIA Missing

Photo: Marc Patry/UNESCO
Kenyan plane crashes in Serengeti killing three passengers.

Nairobi — A light aircraft with three persons on board has gone missing while headed to Kenya from Mwanza, Tanzania.

Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau said the Fokker 27 MK 500 aircraft operated by Safari Express Cargo Limited left Mwanza Airport at 7.26pm on Sunday and was due to land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 8.36pm.

"The aircraft did not arrive as scheduled and an enquiry was sent to Tanzania as set out in international standards," he explained in a statement.

Kamau added that Tanzania had initiated a search and rescue operation assisted by Kenya.

"All agencies concerned with search and rescue have been contacted and they are in full action to establish the whereabouts of the aircraft."

Officials at the JKIA ruled out possibility that the plane had crossed into Kenyan airspace before it went missing.

"We take this opportunity to assure the public that our airspace is safe and secure as we work together with other EAC partner states to a seamless air transport system," Kamau said.

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