The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has ordered the provisional grounding of Silverstone Air’s Dash 8 fleet pending a probe into incidents involving the aircraft.
KCAA Director General Gilbert Kibe told National Assembly Transport Committee on Tuesday (12.11.19) the agency is keen to establish circumstances which led to the latest incident.
Shortly after the grounding of their Dash 8 fleet, Silverstone Air released a statement announcing the temporary suspension of all scheduled services effective today.
The airline has been under fire on social media with many Kenyans raising concerns over the safety of passengers using their services. “The safety of our crew, passengers and aircraft remains our highest first priority, ”added the statement.
As reported by The Sauce, a Silverstone Air aircraft from Lodwar with five passengers on board lost its rear-wheel after takeoff on October 28th 2019. The plane made an emergency landing at Eldoret’s Moi International Airport.
Previously, a plane belonging to the company crashed at Wilson Airport on October 11th 2019 shortly after take-off for Lamu. Also, a Silverstone Air plane reportedly damaged other aeroplanes on the tarmac at Wilson Airport recently and proceeded to take off without following any sort of protocol.
Additional information from Capital News.