The Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) on Monday morning announced the temporary closure of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) runway.
According to KAA, the temporary closure is a result of an aborted take-off by a Cargo plane that developed technical issues.
“As a result of the runway closure, all incoming and outgoing flights have been temporarily suspended,” the authority said in its statement on Monday.
Citizen Digital has now established that the Singapore Airlines Cargo plane failed to take off after its engine caught fire. Due to the fire, the aircraft’s tyres burst, leading to deflation.
As a result, the plane could not be towed off the runway immediately, and personnel at the airport have opted to borrow tyres from other aircraft grounded at the facility.
As of 12.15 pm on Monday, the JKIA runway had been partially opened for smaller planes to take off.
KAA has since advised passengers to contact their respective airlines for further information on the status of their flights.
The numerous delays have largely affected big aircraft. And a flight from New York, which was expected to land by 10.00 am experienced a 2-hour delay.