Feb 10

Air safety awareness training

Category: Travel
While looking through some old photos I found this, which was the view from my plane while waiting to take off from Nairobi International (several years ago), in a small single-engine aircraft.  Not too different than one of the planes in the photo.  We sat there for a few minutes, long enough for me to think good and hard about Kenyan air safety standards.
Really, if the passengers cant handle it, you want them screaming while they’re still on the ground.  Weeds ’em out.

2 Comments so far

  1. Niffer February 11th, 2009 10:46 AM

    Hahaha! What horrible timing. I would hate to see this right as I was taking off in a similar plane. Do you know what the story behind this plane was?

  2. Dan February 11th, 2009 11:23 AM

    I have no idea. There were other planes I didn’t get pictures of, ones that had been on fire. Many of the working planes on the ground looked like museum pieces (although there were modern ones too). Inside the airport, there were light fixtures hanging out of the ceiling, missing windows, etc. Prior to going there I had read that the FAA didn’t consider Kenyan standards high enough to support maintenance, and thus recommended not flying on any aircraft maintained inside the country. Very confidence-inspiring. I wasn’t really nervous, because it’s not as if planes are crashing there every day, but still… made me think a little harder about my air travel choices. I did end up on some Kenyan-operated planes, and they seemed first-rate. Strangely, most were piloted by natives of the UK.

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