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London-bound KQ plane makes emergency landing after passenger falls ill



A passenger on a Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi to London, United Kingdom, became ill, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing.

The K100 flight was en route to London’s Heathrow Airport when the incident happened, according to a statement released by the national carrier.

The national carrier acknowledged that the crew, which included two doctors and a nurse, responded quickly to the passenger’s needs for medical attention.

“Kenya Airways PLC (KQ) confirms that on Monday, 9th October 2023, at around 14:19 hrs KQ100 operating from Nairobi to London Heathrow, declared a medical emergency after a passenger was taken ill,’ the statement reads in parts.

“The crew on board assisted by two medical doctors and a nurse provided medical assistance to the passenger as the captain declared a medical emergency with Air Traffic Control (ATC) so that the flight could get an expedited landing for the passenger to receive further medical attention,” the statement added.

KQ noted that the aircraft landed safely and paramedics who had already arrived immediately took over the situation and moved the passenger to a nearby medical facility for further medical attention.

“The aircraft landed safely at 14:47 hrs and paramedics who were already on ground to receive the aircraft immediately took the passenger to hospital for further medical attention,” the national carrier added.

Further, KQ affirmed that it was committed to ensuring that their customers and crew were safe.

“The safety of our crew and customers is our number one priority,” they added.

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Why Air France flight to Nairobi turned back to Paris



Flight AF 814 had taken off from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport for Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when the pilot reported the mechanical problems two hours into the flight, telling passengers that he had to return to Paris.

He explained that the Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner’s de-icing system was malfunctioning, which meant that one of the engines couldn’t clear the ice.

“There is no way we can get to Nairobi and we have to turn back,” the pilot announced to anxious passengers.

“We also have to defuel as we have too much fuel to land at Charles de Gaulle, but that’s nothing to worry about,”

“Unfortunately, your flight AF814 from Paris (CDG) to Nairobi (NBO) on 16.10.2023 has been delayed. We sincerely apologise for this inconvenience. KLM will keep you informed of any updates,” Air France’s codeshare partner KLM said in a statement.

The scheduled flight was planned to leave Paris at 2100 on Monday and arrive in Nairobi at 0630 on Tuesday morning.

The incident comes just a few days after a Kenya Airways (KQ) flight from London to Nairobi was forced to return to Heathrow Airport due to a ‘event’ on Monday afternoon.

Soon after takeoff, the pilot reported an emergency due to a “medical emergency” with one of the passengers.

The aeroplane was already well into its voyage when it made a U-turn and returned to its point of origin, according to a statement from the national airline.

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