Further to our earlier statement
we would like to confirm that, we have confirmed alternative travel
arrangements for the 56 passengers who were on KQ320/1st January.
Today’s flight KQ320/2nd January has been upgraded to a B737-800 which has a
capacity of 145 seats. Kenya Airways will also endorse extra passengers on
other carriers from Cairo.
Our attention has also been drawn to erroneous reports over the events that led
to the air turnback of Flight KQ 320 en-route Cairo on January 1, 2013
Kenya Airways wishes to clarify that the aircraft’s engine did not catch fire.
The decision by the Captain to turn back at Khartoum International
Airport is a standard safety precaution that was taken after an engine
malfunction was discovered.
It is important to note that the pilot reported that there were no abnormal
cockpit indications to warrant an emergency.
Preliminary investigations on the engine have found that the cause of the
engine malfunction is neither a sign of engine deterioration, nor is it
detrimental to its function in future.
The engine in question has accumulated 35,154 hours and 13,538 cycles since
installation, compared to the 45,000 hours industry average time on wing for
these engine models. The engine performance has not shown any signs of deterioration
since installation in April 2012 and was expected to function for a further
We would like to state that safety of our passengers and crew on this flight
was not compromised at any given time during the flight. Besides, an aircraft
can operate safely for over two hours on one engine even if the other failed
thus ensuring that all on board are safe. The design of the aircraft ensures
that a double engine failure is a rare occurrence and in the event of a single
engine failure an aircraft is able to operate safely to a safe landing thus
ensuring the safety of all onboard.
In the meantime, we have dispatched a team of engineers to Khartoum to work on
the aircraft’s engine and restore it to service.
Kenya Airways wishes to reassure its customers and the general public that
it is committed to their safety and comfort at all times and strictly adheres
to global standards.
Dr Titus Naikuni
Group Managing Director and CEO