Emerging reports indicate that the two pilots who died alongside 8 passengers in the ill-fated Cessna C208 FlySAX airplane complained of not being conversant with the route they were diverted to, leading to the crush.
The plane was initially scheduled to land at the Wilson Airport, but the controller at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) asked the pilots to head there instead.
According to sources interviewed by The Standard, Captain Barbra Wangeci Kamau and First Officer Jean Mureithi were not well versed with the route, and even after raising the complain with the control center, the controller at JKIA insisted that they should take the route.
The controller insisted on rerouting them because of bad weather that was being experienced in the city, specifically at Wilson Airport, which apparently does not have good gadgets to help in navigation.
They were to take the Ngong route headed for Wilson Airport but had to make a turn to get their way to JKIA through Ruiru and later Utawala and land on runway 24, an insider said.
Even with the assurance of help,the two ladies lost contact with the air controller after they made a turn towards Aberdare Forest.
On Thursday, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Chief Executive Gilbert Kibe dismissed claims that the plane had some technical hitch;
“(The) rumours are very unfortunate… anyone with credible information should forward it to my office with evidence,” he said, adding that the plane had been cleared for airworthiness, including for the ill-fated flight.
“My main problem is why anyone would keep their mouths shut when they know someone’s life is in danger, they should do it (report) in writing.”
Meanwhile,none of the eight passengers and two crew members of FlySax plane that crashed in the Aberdares survived.
All the 10 bodies of the people who died were recovered.
They were taken to Njambini Hospital mortuary ,which were later transported to Lee Funeral home in Nairobi for identification on Friday.
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