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Single runway returns to haunt JKIA as Singapore plane blocks it

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) was on Monday forced to temporarily suspend incoming and outgoing flights at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) following the closure of the runway.

According to reliable sources, the operations at the airport stalled after a Singapore Airlines cargo plane developed mechanical glitches, putting its single runaway under the spotlight. This was reportedly caused by a bird strike which interfered with the engine.

“We would like to confirm that the runway at JKIA has been temporarily closed due to an aborted takeoff by a cargo plane that developed technical issues this morning. As a result of the runway closure, all incoming and outgoing flights have been temporarily suspended.” Kenya Airport Authority said in a statement on Monday, April 17.

KAA further revealed that they are working with the relevant bodies in a bid to restore normalcy as soon as possible.

“Our top priority is the safety of all passengers, and we are working closely with the relevant authorities to resolve this situation as quickly and safely as possible,” they continued.

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