The incident saw the aircraft landing in grasses nearby the airport’s runway. In a statement released today, RwandAir revealed that all passengers and the WB464 flight crew deplaned safely with no reported injuries.
The Communications Manager at RwandAir, Fiona Mbabazi has told IGIHE that the runway excursion during the process of landing is not unusual.
“It results from bad weather or slippery ground at an airport. No one was injured. All people are safe,” she said.
RwandAir is among airlines from the region and Africa that have rarely faced technical issues delaying passengers’ flights and accidents.
One of the plane’s accidents that dominated news headlines is an incident that occurred on 12th November 2009 at13:15 where the RwandAir’s aircraft crashed into the VIP lounge two minutes after taking off from the Kigali International Airport, killing one passenger.
The Rwandan passenger died shortly after reaching King Faisal Hospital in Kigali. At the time, the plane was headed to Uganda and had fifteen people on board.
The plane crash put airport business activities at standstill for hours.
The then management of RwandAir told the media that the plane (Jetlink Bombardier CL-600-2B19) leased from the Nairobi-based Jetlink Express, had technical difficulties with the engine shortly after taking off and required an emergency landing.
The plane crashed at a time when another plane- Kenya Airlines was preparing to take off but the pilot dodged and crashed into the VIP lounge.
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