Just how hard is it to carry a plane along some of the major roads, particularly a passenger aircraft? This ambitious Kenyan showed his fellow countrymen how to dare to achieve as he transported a large jet along Kiambu Road on Sunday night, January 30, drawing out waves of residents.
The video seen by Viral Tea showed the jet, which was formerly owned by Jetlink, being ferried in slow motion along the road, flaring up excitement amongst Kenyans who trooped outside to admire the gigantic air vessel along the road.
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The aircraft had its wings clipped but that did not stop two daredevils from hitchhiking a ride with it, hanging on to its wings.
It was not clear the purpose of transporting the jet but many believe that the owner could take the option of transforming it into a nightclub, just as one Flash Mwatha turned the fuselage of an old Kenya Airways plane into a nightclub in Kitengela.
Viral Tea has learnt that the jet registered as 5Y-JLA was one of the planes auctioned alongside 72 other aircraft it deemed unairworthy and breached the safety and efficiency of air operations.
The jet which passed by Kiambu town was carefully navigated past power lines and traffic usually witnessed along the narrow road. The beautiful spectacle at the time was quoted at Ksh187,800.
The plane which belonged to Fokker was operating under the Jetlink company, which was once the go-to affordable airline for passengers especially on domestic flights and regional flights to South Sudan and Tanzania.
Due to financial problems, all flight activities were stopped by the airline on 16 November 2012. However, on January 28, 2013, Fastjet announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jetlink.
Under the terms of the MoU, Fastjet and Jetlink were to create a joint venture which would lead to the launch of the Fastjet brand in Kenya. The MoU was subject to a number of conditions precedent, including board and any other necessary approvals.
A notice by KAA had revealed that the auctioneering process would involve aircraft from various aviation companies sold to interested Kenyans between Wednesday, November 17, to Monday, November 22. The aircraft were sold at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and Wilson Airport in Nairobi, Moi International Airport in Mombasa and Lokichogio Airport in Turkana County.
KAA noted that a section of the owners of the aircraft had been notified to clear any pending bills to repossess them but failed to do so within the given timelines.
“All purchased items shall be paid for and collected from respective KAA premises within seven days from the date of the auction failure to which, the Authority will charge storage at a rate of Ksh10,000 per day until collection. If the items are not collected within 14 days, the items will be forfeited to the Authority,” read the notice in part.
Some of the planes such as the Hirander, PA2 and PA23 went for as low as Ksh6,000 while an HS748 registered as S2-ADL belonging to Planes of Africa was priced at an eye-popping Ksh5,000.
One of them was gifted to ODM leader Raila Odinga by businessman David Njuguna ahead of his campaigns for the 2022 elections. Njuguna dedicated the plane to the former Prime Minister after he acquired three planes during the auction exercise.
Watch the video of the plane being transported along Kiambu Road: