Panic As KLM Flight With Deputy Speaker, Journalists Crash Lands

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There was panic among passengers aboard a Thursday, June 20,  KLM plane flight number KL0539 from Amsterdam when the pilot made an abrupt descent on Entebbe Airport  but miscalculated the distance and nearly landed the plane in Lake Victoria.

Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanya was in the KLM flight.
Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanya was in the KLM flight.

The mishap that happened at 10:11pm left all passengers among whom were Uganda Parliament Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanya, Director for Labour in Gender, Labour and Social Development Ministry Sarah Luyima, former General Secretary Uganda Journalist Union Stephen Ouma Bwire and Editor in Chief New Vision Printing and Publishing Corporation Barbara Kaija speechless and shocked because couldn’t understand what had gone wrong.

Mr Stephen Ouma Bwire one of the passengers and an eye witness said upon disembarking from the plane that it appeared the pilot had underestimated the distance, miscalculated the timing, and nearly landed the plane in water. However on realizing the runaway was still a few meters away and there were no traffic control lights in sight, the pilot accelerated the Airbus back to the skies.

He said the plane hovered over Gaba and Luzira Lake Victoria shores and parts of Kampala city as it flew to Buddo – Nsangi triangle, from where it turned left to descend on Entebbe Airport.

The pilot tried to reassure the terrified passengers that the disturbance had been caused by surging and undetected strong winds hindered the plane from a smooth landing.

Ouma said that he sought an explanation from metrological and Aviation experts at Entebbe International Airport when they arrived who dismissed the pilot’s claims as untrue, and baseless and blamed the mishap on human error.

Ouma said that he was told that when the pilot accelerated from Kigali and tried to land early at 10:11pm instead of the scheduled 10:22pm at a ground speed of 533 kmph that is far beyond the landing speed.

Civil Aviation Authority officials declined to comment on the matter because the Airline Company didn’t register a complaint with them.

The CCA publicist Mr Ignie Igundura said in a separate interview that they had not received any information of a landing mishap.

KLM Country Director Mr Dick Nieuwenhuyzen down played the matter and said it was normal for a pilot to underestimate or over estimate the landing time but can still land the plane safely.

Mr Nieuwenhuyzen also rubbished claims that passengers were discomforted or panicked saying the cabin crew explained to the passengers and the flight continued normally without any problem.

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KLM) is a Royal Aviation Company and a flag carrier airline of the Netherlands. KLM’s headquarters is in Amstelveen near its hub at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. It operates worldwide scheduled passenger and cargo services to more than 90 destinations. It is the oldest airline in the world and still operates under its original name. As of 31 March 2010 it had 31,787 employees worldwide.

Meanwhile, officials from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) continue to downplay the incident in which the plane almost crashed into Lake Victoria.

CAA officials declined to comment on the matter saying the Airline Company didn’t register a complaint with them. CCA publicist Ignie Igundura said in a separate interview that they had not received any information of a landing mishap.

KLM Country Director Dick Nieuwenhuyzen also downplayed the matter and said it was normal for a pilot to underestimate or over estimate the landing time but can still land the plane safely. Nieuwenhuyzen also rubbished claims that passengers were discomforted or panicked saying the cabin crew explained to them and the flight continued normally without any problem.

KLM is a Royal Aviation Company and a flag carrier airline of the Netherlands. KLM’s headquarters is in Amstelveen near its hub at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. It operates worldwide scheduled passenger and cargo services to more than 90 destinations.

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  1. all these are issues to be verified because they usually send low standard planes and pilots with low skils to fly to africa this is something the aviation should look into most of these avioations send low skilled pilots with no experience to africa. surely foreigners dont think africans countries have a set up standard to follow hence dumping all the low in thier country . from human resource to products all crap because its africa no one checks. stop having so much believe in white people they may seem knowledgable but not all are.

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