Passengers at Entebbe Airport remained stranded in the airport’s terminals for more than 12 hours after a RwandAir plane slid across the runway.
According to those who have spoken about their experiences, some travellers who were scheduled to fly at 10:30 am local time still waiting to board at 10:00 pm local time.
“We have been at the airport since 5.30 am and it is coming to 10.00 pm with flights being cancelled after all these hours,” one of the passengers told this site.
The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesperson, Vianney Luggya, said via a tweet on Wednesday night that the main runway of the airport (17/35) was open and flights cleared to resume.
However, several travellers at the airport disproved the claim, stating that there was no plane flying off or landing.
“Why do you not tell the truth? Entebbe airport is packed with passengers but there is no flight going to take off. What’s happening? Passengers want to board their flights in time. Tell the truth, there is no flight making its way to the airport,” a passenger told the spokesperson for CAA.
A third passenger who spoke with this reporter claimed that what’s more disappointing is that nobody was present on the ground to provide passengers with any details about their flights.
“We are still standing and waiting,” the man told this website.
The website was also designed to make it clear that certain outbound flights have been diverted to Nairobi.
Our attempts to obtain a CAA mouthpiece to address the passenger’s complaints were futile since his phone number was disconnected.
A commercial aircraft belonging to Rwanda’s national airline RwandAir caused a panic crash at Entebbe airport on Wednesday morning after it slid across the runway.
The plane, which had the number 464 on it, was bound from Kigali reported that it departed the runway around 5:15 am.
CAA blamed bad weather conditions for the incident, however, they said that all passengers had been removed safely and that the situation was under control.
According to Wikipedia, Rwanda’s flag carrier airline is RwandAir Limited. From its primary base at Kigali International Airport in Kigali, it conducts internal and international services to East Africa, Central Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.