It’s been quite the week for the Kenya Airways KQ100 rotation between Nairobi and London Heathrow. Let’s take a look back at what’s happened.
This particular rotation was involved in two incidents, one consisting of an emergency, and one consisting of a security threat.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
Incident #1: Kenya Airways KQ100 Nairobi-London – Medical Emergency…
The first incident happened on Monday October 9 when the Kenya Airways KQ100 rotation between Nairobi and London Heathrow declared an emergency over Paris.
KQ100, operated by one of the airline’s Boeing 787 aircraft, continued onward into Heathrow via a priority approach and landing.
A few hours after it’s landing, Kenya Airways released the following statement, confirming that it was a medical-related incident:
This flight did head back to Nairobi after the incident with a load of passengers, but with a slight delay as a result of this incident.
Incident #2: Interception from the Royal Air Force Quick Reaction Alert Typhoons…
The second incident occurred on Thursday October 12, when it was noted that the KQ100 rotation wasn’t utilising the correct routing for London Heathrow.
It was then revealed, via flight tracking apps, that the Kenya Airways KQ100 from Nairobi had been intercepted by the Royal Air Force Quick Reaction Alert Typhoons due to a potential security threat to the aircraft.
From there, the flight was diverted to London Stansted Airport, which is the designated airport for incidents such as this.
The jet landed safely into Stansted and was met by a significant emergency response team. Following that landing, Kenya Airways released two statements over the course of that evening:
After the emergency teams were told to stand down, the aircraft was towed to a commercial stand where preparations were made for a positioning flight down to London Heathrow.
The jet made it to Heathrow and then departed a couple hours afterwards to operate the return flight back to Nairobi.
It was quite the week for Kenya Airways via it’s KQ100 rotation between Nairobi and London being affected by such incidents.
However, credit does go to the relevant teams at the airline who did a professional job in addressing these incidents head on.
Safety wasn’t compromised at any point, and it just shows how strong the structures of aviation are at times like this.
There haven’t been any incidents since this point, and could just be put down to a level of coincidence as opposed to concerns in safety. Good jobs were performed all round.
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