July 6, 2013..Kenya Airways wishes to inform its passengers and the general public of the diversion of flight KQ117 that was flying from Amsterdam to Nairobi with 301 passengers onboard.
The aircraft, a Boeing 777 200ER, was diverted to Athens at 0125 Hours Kenyan time after a fire warning indication in one of the cargo holds. As is the normal standard procedure in the industry, the fire suppression system was activated and the aircraft diverted to the nearest airport for further assessment.
The flight landed safely in Athens and all passengers and crew were taken to a hotel in Athens. The functional tests and profiling of the cargo to confirm the source of the fire warning required a rescheduling of the flight.
All tests that have been conducted on the fire detection system confirm that it is functioning properly. The flight is now scheduled to depart Athens today at 1700 Hours Kenya time, arriving in Nairobi at 2255 Hours. Any further updates will be provided once available.
For further enquiries please contact Kenya Airways on +254 (0) 203274747 OR +2540711 02 4747 OR +254 0734 10 4747.
Dr Titus Naikuni
Group Managing Director and CEO.