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Kenya reopened its main airport in the capital, Nairobi, after removing an EgyptAir aircraft that veered off the runway and blocked other planes from taking off and landing, the Kenya Airports Authority said.
“All flights are back to normal,” Dominic Ngigi, a spokesman for the authority, said today in a phone interview.
EgyptAir Flight 849 left the runway shortly after landing at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 3:36 a.m. and its nose wheel got stuck in mud to the side of the tarmac, Ngigi said. The airport was closed because a wing of the aircraft was protruding onto the runway, he said. All 123 passengers aboard the flight bound from Cairo were evacuated unharmed, KAA said in an e-mailed statement.
JKIA is East and Central Africa’s busiest airport, handling 5.5 million passengers a year and an average of more than 7,000 flights a month, according to the aviation authority’s website. The airport’s sole runway was built in 1958.
Kenya Airways Ltd., (KNAL) sub-Saharan Africa’s third-biggest carrier, said earlier it diverted seven incoming flights to Moi International Airport in the port city of Mombasa; four to Entebbe International Airport in Uganda; and one to Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
EgyptAir is investigating the cause of the accident, the Cairo-based company said in an e-mailed statement today.
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