RwandAir Plane Skids Off Runway at Entebbe Airport

Runway excursions include runway overruns, where an aircraft is unable to stop before it reaches the end of the runway; they can happen because of pilot error, poor weather, or a fault with the aircraft

By The Weekly Vision

A RwandAir plane veered off the runway after landing at Entebbe International Airport, Uganda, on Wednesday, all passengers and crew deplaned safely afterwards, the airline said in a statement.

No injuries were reported in the so-called “runaway excursion” that occurred “as a result of bad weather,” the statement said. According to reports, there were about 60 people aboard RwandAir flight WB464. A runaway excursion happens when an aircraft skids off the runway during take-off or landing. Runway excursions include runway overruns, where an aircraft is unable to stop before it reaches the end of the runway; they can happen because of pilot error, poor weather, or a fault with the aircraft. 

“We are working closely with the local authorities, including the Ugandan Civil Aviation Authority, who will investigate the circumstances around the incident,” RwandAir said in an updated statement. The Rwandan flag carrier resumed flights to Uganda-Entebbe in September last year following several months of travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. RwandAir now offers services to 25 destinations across 21 countries throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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