Tragedy Strikes Nairobi National Park: Two Dead in Plane Collision

Reported by Ngresangma Martha-7/03/2024

In a harrowing turn of events, Nairobi National Park became the site of a tragic plane collision on Tuesday, March 5th, leaving at least two individuals dead. The collision involved two aircraft, sending shockwaves through Eastern Africa.

One of the aircraft involved was a Fokker F-27 (Fash8), operated by Safari Link, bound for Diani with 44 passengers and crew aboard. The other aircraft was an unidentified training plane, with two individuals on board, believed to be on a training session.

The incident unfolded shortly after takeoff from Wilson Airport, as the two planes found themselves on a collision course over Nairobi National Park. Witnesses reported seeing the two aircraft collide mid-air, with one crashing into the park while the other managed to return to Wilson Airport safely.

Despite the severity of the collision, Safari Link issued a statement confirming that none of their passengers sustained injuries. However, officials later confirmed the heartbreaking news of two fatalities resulting from the incident.

In response to the tragedy, relevant authorities have been notified, and a joint investigation involving Safari Link and aviation agencies has been launched to determine the cause of the collision. The investigation aims to shed light on the circumstances leading to this devastating event and to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The collision has sparked concerns over aviation safety and air traffic management in the region, prompting calls for enhanced measures to prevent such accidents from occurring again. As the investigation unfolds, families of the victims and the aviation community mourn the loss of those who perished in the tragic collision.

The incident serves as a sobering reminder of the inherent risks associated with air travel and the importance of stringent safety protocols to ensure the well-being of passengers and crew alike. As Eastern Africa grapples with the aftermath of this devastating event, efforts to bolster aviation safety and prevent future tragedies remain at the forefront of discussions within the industry.

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