KQ plane diverted to Athens after fire ‘warning’

July 6, 2013
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The Boeing 777 200ER landed safely in Athens and all the 301 passengers on board are safe/FILE
The Boeing 777 200ER landed safely in Athens and all the 301 passengers on board are safe/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 6 – Kenya Airways (KQ) says the diversion of one of its flight to Nairobi from Amsterdam on Saturday morning was due to a fire warning indication in one of the cargo holds.

The airline’s CEO Titus Naikuni said the diverted flight, a Boeing 777 200ER landed safely in Athens and all the 301 passengers on board are safe.

He says the functional tests and profiling of the cargo to confirm the source of the fire warning, required a rescheduling of the flight.

“As is the normal standard procedure in the industry, the fire suppression system was activated and the aircraft diverted to the nearest airport for further assessment,” Naikuni said in a statement.

He said that all tests that were later conducted on the fire detection system and that the cargo hold is now functioning properly.

“The flight landed safely in Athens and all passengers and crew were taken to a hotel in Athens,” he said.

The flight is now scheduled to depart Athens today at 1700 hours Kenya time, arriving in Nairobi at 2255 hours.

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