Kenya Airports Authority Says Reported Plane Crash an Exercise

Kenya’s civil-aviation authority said it carried out a training exercise at an airport in the western town of Kisumu that led to reports there had been a plane crash.

“This was an emergency drill,” the Kenya Airports Authority said in a statement on its Twitter account Friday.

The Kenya Red Cross earlier reported that a plane crashed on runway 06 at Kisumu airport and an ambulance crew was responding to the scene. Kisumu International Airport only has one runway, according to the city council’s website.

The airports authority has had to issue similar denials before. In 2006, an emergency drill in the capital, Nairobi, led to reports that a plane carrying 80 people had crashed.

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