Security Heightens at JKIA After Man Fell Off London Bound KQ Aircraft

By Wilkister Alao / July 5, 2019



Kenya Airways

The body of the man who fell from a KQ aircraft is suspected to be of a Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) employee.

The fingerprints of the stowaway who fell just before the Aircraft landed at Heathrow airport London, have been sent to Nairobi for further investigations.

This incident brought up safety concerns and raised eyebrows on the quality of security checks at Kenya’s largest airport.

Kenya Airports Authority has said investigations are being carried out using the fingerprints and at the same time, all JKIA employees who accessed the aircraft are being questioned.

KAA also says that CCTV footage on the flight KQ100 review 24 hours before takeoff is still continuing.

“We wish to assure you that the airport’s priority is security and safety, so the Multi-agency Security Committee will continue to make sure that all security processes are duly followed,” said the airport manager.

It is believed that the man fell from the landing gear compartment, as upon investigations by UK police shortly after the incident, some food, water and a bag of clothing were found in the compartment.

READ ALSO: Body Falls Off KQ Plane on Its Way to London 

Authorities also say that the man could not have been an outsider as with the tight security at the JKIA, unauthorized persons cannot cross the runway and go unnoticed.

Mr Gilbert Kibe, the Director General of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, said that at JKIA, they do check every part of the plane including the undercarriage, wheels and brakes, but it’s a puzzle how the man finally got access to the KQ plane’s landing gear compartment as everything was clear during the check.

He said Kenya’s Department of Criminal Intelligence is working alongside US’s FBI to investigate what happened.

Also, since the Somalia based militia group, Al Shabaab pose terror threats to Kenya as a country, the airport has been under very tight security.

KAA is reported to have been carrying out security drills, the most recent having been done in November 2018.





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