KCAA to probe Silverstone Air, after a series of accidents linked to their airplanes

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The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has launched investigations and audit into the Silverstone Airline after a series of accidents involving their fleet.

This comes at the backdrop of an incident where another plane belonging to Silverstone Air was on Monday forced to make an emergency landing at Eldoret International Airport after a tyre fell from the plane.

While confirming the incident, Silverstone Air acknowledged the faulty tyre and said that the Kenya Airports Authority and its engineers are working to identify the problem.

“We would like to confirm that earlier today our flight Dash 8 – 300 from Lodwar to Nairobi experienced an incident during takeoff and as a result, lost the number 3 wheel assembly,” reads the statement.

“Silverstone Air has activated its contingency plans and the customers affected were rebooked and have since landed safely in Nairobi,” added the airline.

All four passengers on board the plane were safely evacuated and rebooked, while the plane taxed at Eldoret Airport, pending investigations into the alleged malfunction.

The Dash 8 airline that developed the hitch, is apparently the same model as of the one that skid off the runway in Wilson Airport, hardly a month ago.