Harrison Machio, KAA General Manager in charge of operations and safety, told the press in Kisumu this week that the airport was experiencing a number of bird strikes due to the new dumpsite in Kachok. He stated that the new dumpsite is within 13 kilometers radius from the airport.
He explained that some of the dangers of these bird strikes can lead to plane crashes and even fatality. “One bird strike can bring down an aircraft and associated losses, including loss of lives,” said Mr Machio durng the briefing in Kisumu.
He also explained that it’s costly to maintain these planes. “At some point, Kenya was losing close to Sh 1 billion annually on aircraft maintenance and downtime in bird strike related costs,” he said.