SAFARILINK DASH 8 COLLIDED WITH WILDEBEEST ON RUNWAY DURING LANDING IN KENYA
MAASAI MARA – A Safarilink Bombardier DHC-8-200 ended up next to the runway after landing on Kichwa Tembo Airstrip in Kenya (Africa) on Friday, after the aircraft collided with two wildebeest. The animals were on the runway when the plane tried to land.
The Bombardier with registration 5Y-SLM, was on route from Nairobi to the airstrip at Maasai Mara – a famous Kenyan nature park – when the incident occurred.
A wheel leg broke off the landing gear, causing the aircraft to end up next to the runway, due to the collision with the wildebeests.
Safarilink said that none of the passengers or crew were injured. The two wildebeest unfortunately did not survive the collision.
The wildebeest – also called gnu – is an antelope in the genus Connochaetes.