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Travelers left stuck after the runway at Entebbe International Airport was closed.

After the main runway (17/35) was blocked Wednesday evening, several travelers were left stranded at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda due to aircraft delays or cancellations.

This comes after a RwandAir plane went off the Entebbe airport runway in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

“The runway 17/35 at Entebbe International Airport, which was previously restored for operations, has been temporarily closed due to safety considerations.”

Flights were to land and take off with safeguards, but during the process of removing the Rwanda Air aircraft off the runway strip, it became stuck closer to the runway, necessitating a re-evaluation of the earlier approval.

Efforts to remedy this as quickly as possible are ongoing. Mr Vianney Luggya, a spokesperson for the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA), said in a statement on Wednesday evening that “the public would soon be briefed on developments.”

The announcement came after many complaints from passengers who had been detained for hours at Uganda’s main airport after their flights were either delayed or cancelled as a result of the RwandAir incident at 5:31 p.m.

A RwandAir passenger plane carrying over 200 people went off the runway while landing at Entebbe international airport on Wednesday morning, but all passengers and crew members were safely exited.

According to airport authorities in Uganda and Rwanda, RwandAir aircraft RWD 464 from Nairobi was landing at the airport at 5:31 a.m. when it overshot the runway.

While inquiries into the cause are ongoing, insiders at the airport blamed weak runway markers and low visibility caused by the early downpour.

RwandAir acknowledged the incident and stated that all passengers and staff members were successfully evacuated with no casualties.

“RwandAir can confirm that flight WB464 was engaged in an incident at 05:31 this morning that resulted in the plane deviating off the runway when landing in Entebbe during bad weather.”

There were no injuries reported, and all customers and crew members were safely evacuated. The problem has been stabilized, and RwandAir has contacted all affected customers. The plane is being recovered now, allowing Entebbe’s runway to reopen,” Rwanda’s national airline stated in a statement.

According to the airline, their flight crews are well-prepared for any situation, including flying in bad weather.

“We’re working closely with local authorities, notably the Ugandan Civil Aviation Authority, which will look into the incident’s circumstances.” The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority, according to the statement released on Wednesday.

As small and light aircraft tried to clear the main runway, Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority announced the second (alternative) runway 12/30 was operating.

The aviation authority said in a statement that “all efforts are ongoing to remove the aircraft from the runway strip so that the main runway may resume full operation.”

Ugandan authorities announced that the runway had been reopened and that aircraft had been authorized to restart a few hours later.
Moments afterwards, the same aviation authorities apologized for the unforeseeable difficulties that had forced the runway’s closure.

“Please accept my sincere apologies. We had cleared planes to resume in the evening, but an unanticipated difficulty occurred later that night, forcing the runway to close.

That problem is on the verge of being solved. As soon as the situation is resolved, an update will be provided “In a statement issued Wednesday evening, Mr Luggya stated.

It’s not the first time a plane has veered off the runway. When an Ethiopian Airlines (Boeing 737-800) flight with 139 passengers landed at 12:41 a.m. in January 2019, it went off the runway.

 

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