The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) Director General Capt Gilbert Kibe has dismissed a report made by Daily Nation’s weekly, The East African, of a near airspace aircraft collision at Naivasha between Flight ET858 and Flight NOS252.
The Civil Aviation Authority has dismissed the reports by the newspaper saying that the report is misleading and not backed up with evidence.
The Aviation Authority has said that the aeroplanes maintained the correct flight levels as the controller was able to issue instructions to separate the aircrafts before the minimum allowable distance of 10NM was bridged.
KCAA maintains that none of the pilots involved filed an incident report as it would have been the case if indeed the two passenger planes were at risk.
The two aircrafts are also well- fitted with Traffic Collision Avoidance System that would issue automatic instructions with steps that the aircrafts would take to avoid a collision.
KCAA boasts of one of the best state of the art surveillance systems which meet the required surveillance performance by ICAO.
“KCAA has one of the best state of the art surveillance systems which meet the required surveillance performance as required by ICAO. The use of this equipment enables our controllers to provide tactical surveillance services with precision as it was on the material day,” Kibe said in a statement.
Kibe is demanding for an apology from weekly publication.
“In line with the newspaper’s duty to impart unbiased and correct information to the public, and with a view to restoring public confidence on the safety of Kenya Airspace, KCAA demands apologies for the publication of news that is not factual.”
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