2 Jul 2014

Four feared dead in Kenya plane crash

Four crew members are feared dead after a cargo plane crashes into a commercial building in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.

Kenya plane crash (picture: Reuters)

The plane, which was carrying the mild stimulant khat crashed shortly after taking off from Nairobi’s main airport. Television footage showed the tail and wings of the plane ripped in half, next to a wrecked two storey building.

The Kenyan Airports Authority (KAA) said all crew members were “feared to have perished”. Kenyan media reported there were four crew members killed.

“A Fokker 50 cargo plane with four people on board has this morning crashed at a commercial building in Utawala after taking off from JKIA,” KAA said on its Twitter feed.

Kenya plane crash (picture: Reuters)

KAA also sent its condolences via Twitter to the families of those who died in the crash.

The plane was understood to be carrying a cargo of the mild stimulant khat (pictured, above).