July 8, 2013...Kenya Airways wishes to advise its customers and the general public that efforts are underway to launch a rescue flight to Athens following the diversion of KQ117. The flight was re-scheduled for departure last night at 2130 hours, but was cancelled at the last minute. This follows the denial of clearance by the Greece Civil Aviation in spite of approval by Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and the manufacturers, Boeing, for reasons yet to be officially communicated.
We have an aircraft in Nairobi ready, and crew are on hand awaiting regulatory clearance to commence the mission.We will confirm departure time ex-Athens in the next two hours once all clearances have been obtained.
Chief Operating Officer