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Kenya Shuts Airport After Egypt Air Plane Veers Off Runway

June 06, 2012

Kenya closed its main airport in the capital, Nairobi, after an Egypt Air plane veered off the runway as it was landing earlier today, Kenya Airports Authority said.

“An Egypt Air plane was coming to land at 3:36 a.m. and it veered off the runway and in line with normal measures flights have been diverted,” Dominic Ngigi, a spokesman for the authority, said in a phone interview today from the city. No one was injured in the incident, he said.

Workers at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport are removing the aircraft from the runway and all take-offs and landings have been canceled until clearance has been obtained from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority to reopen the airport, Ngigi said.

Kenya Airways Ltd., (KNAL) sub-Saharan Africa’s third biggest carrier, 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-salam, Tanzania, it said in an e-mailed statement.

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