Uganda: Passenger Plane Slides Off Airport Runway
A plane flying in from Kenya overshot its landing at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda this morning, Wednesday 20 April.
The RwandAir passenger flight – carrying approximately 60 people – had travelled from Nairobi to Uganda overnight, but upon landing at 5:31AM, poor visibility resulted in the craft skidding along the tarmac before coming to a rest on a grass patch beyond the runway.
An official statement from the airline said: “RwandaAir flight WB464 upon landing at Entebbe International Airport early this morning was involved in a runway excursion as a result of bad weather. All passengers and flight crew deplaned safely with no reported injuries.”
Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority issued a statement shortly afterwards, saying: “All efforts are underway to remove the aircraft from the runway strip so that the main runway can return to full use.”
According to local sources, the plane was carrying the birthday guests of Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the commander of the Uganda People’s Defence Force land troops, who will be celebrating with a party this Sunday, 24 April.
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