KQ flight heading to Rwanda forced to return to Nairobi due to bad weather

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Kenya Airways flight heading to Kigali from Nairobi on Sunday had to turn back to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport due to low visibility occasioned by bad weather.

In a statement on Sunday, Kenya Airways said the the plane made two unsuccessful attempts to land before resorting to get back to Nairobi.

KQ says the flight had to be turned back to Nairobi for the safety of passengers and crew on board. 

“Kenya Airways PLC (KQ) confirms that on 17 December 2023 at approximately 07:45 hours (East African time), KQ 478 on a scheduled operation from Nairobi to Kigali encountered low visibility and deteriorating weather on the normal approach to land at Kigali International Airport,” they said.

Kenya Airways further said the aircraft landed safely in Nairobi at 09:50 hours.

They said the passengers who were on board were transferred to the next available flight.

KQ said air turnbacks are standard safety procedures.

“We sincerely apologize to our guests for the inconvenience and assure our customers that their safety and that of our crew is our highest priority,” KQ said.

Rwanda Air has confirmed the bad weather situation saying it has occasioned several flight delays.

“Due to poor visibility as a result of heavy fog at Kigali International Airport, we are expecting flight delays to or from Kigali. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” they said.

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