The US army cargo plane that made an emergency landing along the Kampala-Mityana highway has been pushed aside to pave way for the smooth flow of traffic.
The plane made the landing at Kiwawu in Malangala Sub County in Mityana at around 10:00am after it reportedly ran out of fuel and blocked traffic for five hours.
Phillip Mukasa, the central West Police spokesperson says US army Air Base in Entebbe dispatched a rescue helicopter and officers with fuel to the scene but the plane couldn’t fly because of a technical problem. He says the officers teamed up with officers from the Uganda Police and army and pushed the plane from the middle of the road to allow the smooth flow of traffic.
The plane is currently parked on a feeder road heading to Malangala Sub County waiting for another team to resolve the technical problem before it flies back to Entebbe air base.
According to Mukasa there is a small flow of traffic on the highway as Ugandan security guard the faulty plane until it leaves the area.
Our sources in the area say US soldiers who were aboard the faulty plane have been flown back to Entebbe on the rescue helicopter. By the time of filing this story, hundreds of people were still flocking the area to see the plane forcing police to cordon it. The US embassy in Kampala is yet to issue a statement on the incident.