Smoke in cabin forced Jetlink aircraft to abandon take-off in Nairobi


(eTN) – In a report just in from a Twitter source, attempting to travel to Mombasa on a Jetlink flight originating from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, it was confirmed that the take-off was aborted as smoke filled the cabin. The CRJ200 jet was set to take off for the 50-minute flight to the Kenyan coast when cabin crew and passengers suddenly found smoke emerging into the cabin, and the cockpit crew brought the plane to a stop at runway exit E, allowing the flight attendants to evacuate the cabin through the main fold-down staircase.

Notably, were no emergency exits opened at the time from the plane, according to a “tweetpic” sent out by one of the travelers connected to this correspondent via Twitter. The same source also confirmed that the emergency services vehicles only reached the plane after 20 minutes, a damning indictment for the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), which over the weekend, went wild demolishing houses but appears to have abdicated its primary duty in this case of a potential fire hazard on the taxiway.

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