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October 23, 2017

[VIDEO] Turkish Airlines makes emergency landing at Moi, all passengers safe

Passengers at Moi International Airport in Mombasa following the emergency landing of a Turkish Airlines plane, October 13, 2017. /ELKANA JACOB
Passengers at Moi International Airport in Mombasa following the emergency landing of a Turkish Airlines plane, October 13, 2017. /ELKANA JACOB

A Turkish Airlines plane developed a mechanical problem mid-air at Moi International Airport on Friday morning.

Flight TK 673 had taken off at about 3.58am with 121 passengers and six crew members on board.

The damaged part of the Turkish Airlines plane that landed at Moi International Airport in Mombasa, October 13, 2017. /ELKANA JACOB

Reports indicated an engine failed causing pilot Volkan Nihat to circle for hours as the damage was assessed. The plane landed safely at about 7.20 am.

An officer at the airport earlier said there might have been an explosion had the plane landed. He said they were trying to prevent this and ensure the safety of all passengers.

The Turkish Airlines plane that developed a mechanical problem at Moi International in Mombasa, October 13, 2017. /ELKANA JACOB

Regional police commander Larry Kieng confirmed the pilot was preparing for an emergency landing.

"All mechanisms have been put in place to ensure the safety of passengers," he said early morning.

Passengers at Moi International Airport in Mombasa following the emergency landing of a Turkish Airlines plane, October 13, 2017. /ELKANA JACOB

All the passengers were taken to Whitesands Resort and will stay there until further notice, said Turkish Airlines operations manager Mohamed Said.

"They will stay at the hotel until we get another plane. We will cater for all costs," he said 

Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa said security agents took charge as soon as the plane developed the problem.

"We are all safe. We thank staff for their cooperation," he said.

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