Kenyan khat & fly goes awry

Four people onboard the Fokker 50 aircraft carrying khat killed when it crashes shortly after takeoff from Nairobi International Airport.

khat Nairobi International Airport

Four people were killed when a cargo plane crashed moments after taking off at the main airport in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. The Fokker 50 aircraft, which was loaded with the stimulant Khat, plunged into a residential building.

Local authorities have mentioned no one on the ground was hurt but the pilot, flight engineer and two passengers perished. The plane took off from Joshua Nkomo International Airport at 4.15am and two minutes later radioed the control tower to say it was struggling to gain height.

News reports have indicated that preliminary investigations found it may have hit an electrical pole before coming down in the Embakasi area. No other details were immediately available on the possible cause of the crash. The plane was transporting the khat to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

Khat is popular in parts of the Middle East and Africa but is banned in the UK and most other EU countries.