Egyptair A320 at Nairobi on Jun 6th 2012, veered off runway on landing
Last Update: June 14, 2012 / 11:22:43 GMT/Zulu time
The airport was closed until about 12:00L until the aircraft was moved back onto paved surface and towed to the apron. Flights arriving in the meantime were diverted to Mombasa (Kenya) and Entebbe (Uganda).
An aviation professional observing the incident from the ground reported the aircraft appeared to land at an unusually high speed though he was aware of the higher speeds above ground due to the high altitude of the aerodrome, all landing lights including the nose wheel landing light were aligned with the longitudinal axis of the aircraft (editorial note: the nose wheel was properly turned straight for landing). The aircraft appeared to float before it touched down with a thump at the end or just past the end of the touch down zone. The aircraft rolled out, the observer didn't initially recognize the aircraft had veered off the runway near taxiway L (the last taxiway off runway 06 to the right) until after the aircraft did not move and the crew requested a "follow me vehicle and a tow bar".
The French BEA reported on Jun 14th that the aircraft veered off runway 06 and came to a stop about 2000 meters/6600 feet from the threshold (editorial note: about half way between taxiways F and E) with all gear on soft ground. There was visible damage to the left engine's (V2500) air intake and fan blades. Kenya's AIB is investigating.
Nairobi offers a single runway 06/24 with 4115 meters/13500 feet length at an elevation of 5330 feet/1625 meters.
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