Kenya: Nairobi-Bound KQ Plane With 100 People Returns to Airport After Midair Hitch

Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner shortly before leaving Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for New York City (file photo).

A Kenya Airways plane was forced to return to Moi International Airport, Mombasa, after it developed mechanical problems midair.

The plane was headed to Nairobi from Mombasa on Monday evening.

The airline said flight KQ605 had departed Mombasa at 1754 hours and was forced to land back in Mombasa at 1834 hours.

KQ also confirmed that the aircraft has been grounded.

"Kenya Airways confirms that there was a disruption on a scheduled flight from Mombasa to Nairobi due to a fault in the aircraft warning system that raised a false mechanical alarm forcing the captain to take precautionary safety measures," part of the statement read.

"After assessment, engineers declared the aircraft grounded."

"Some passengers were accommodated on subsequent flights KQ617 and KQ619. Other passengers with connections beyond Nairobi have been given accommodation in Mombasa to travel tomorrow to their final destinations."

Press Statement: Kenya Airways Flight Diversion in Mombasa pic.twitter.com/Wglyf8Q7qQ

- Kenya Airways (@KenyaAirways) June 17, 2019

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