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August 7, 2013 | By Nicholas Soi and Robyn Dixon
NAIROBI, Kenya - When immigration officer Phillip Ogembo arrived at the Nairobi airport just after 7 a.m. Wednesday, he found his office in the international terminal a wall of orange flames. Ogembo, 34, joined a throng of airport workers watching firefighters struggle without adequate water and equipment to put out an inferno that sent flames and billowing black smoke into the air for hours. The blaze reportedly took hold around dawn in the immigration area of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, a major regional hub in East Africa for tourists and cargo.
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August 7, 2013 | By Nicholas Soi and Robyn Dixon
NAIROBI, Kenya - When immigration officer Phillip Ogembo arrived at the Nairobi airport just after 7 a.m. Wednesday, he found his office in the international terminal a wall of orange flames. Ogembo, 34, joined a throng of airport workers watching firefighters struggle without adequate water and equipment to put out an inferno that sent flames and billowing black smoke into the air for hours. The blaze reportedly took hold around dawn in the immigration area of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, a major regional hub in East Africa for tourists and cargo.
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August 6, 2013 | By Times Staff
A spectacular fire caused major damage Wednesday at the international airport in Nairobi, Kenya, one of the busiest in Africa, according to news reports and social media accounts. There were no reports of casualties, and the cause appeared to be undetermined. The blaze broke out at 5 a.m. local time (7 p.m. Tuesday PDT) and gutted the arrivals building of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, according to Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper. The paper quoted the head of security for the Kenya Airports Authority, Eric Kiraithe, as saying: “By our own standards this is so big.” The airport was closed and passengers evacuated, the BBC reported , adding that there were unconfirmed reports that the blaze had begun in the airport's immigration offices.
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May 6, 2007 | Edmund Sanders and Nicholas Soi, Times Staff Writers
A Kenya Airways jet with 114 people aboard crashed early Saturday in a dense forest in the West African nation of Cameroon, government officials said, and efforts to reach the wreckage were hampered by heavy rainfall. There was no information on survivors. Airline officials said they lost contact with the Boeing 737-800, bound for the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, 11 minutes after its midnight takeoff from Douala, Cameroon.
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December 30, 2000 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A crazed Kenyan passenger broke into the cockpit of a British Airways jumbo jet early Friday and grabbed the controls, sending the plane plummeting toward the ground before the crew regained command. Many of the 379 passengers aboard the Boeing 747-400 en route from London to Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, screamed and prayed as they were jolted out of their early morning slumber and hysteria swept the cabin. "It was ridiculously frightening," said Zanne Augur, 32, of Portland, Maine, who witnessed the whole thing from her seat on the upper deck of the jet's Club Class cabin.
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December 30, 2000 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A crazed Kenyan passenger broke into the cockpit of a British Airways jumbo jet early Friday and grabbed the controls, sending the plane plummeting toward the ground before the crew regained command. Many of the 379 passengers aboard the Boeing 747-400 en route from London to Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, screamed and prayed as they were jolted out of their early morning slumber and hysteria swept the cabin.
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December 31, 2000 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A crazed Kenyan passenger broke into the cockpit of a British Airways jumbo jet early Friday and grabbed the controls, sending the plane plummeting toward the ground before the crew regained command. Many of the 379 passengers aboard the Boeing 747-400 en route from London to Nairobi screamed and prayed as they were jolted out of their early morning slumber and hysteria swept the cabin.
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June 20, 2003 | Davan Maharaj, Times Staff Writer
During the past 32 years, African Heritage has withstood a weakening economy and runaway crime in downtown Nairobi to supply locals and tourists with ethnic art, fashion and artifacts. But this month, it will shut its doors, the latest victim of Kenya's crippled tourist trade. The final blow was a decision last month by British Airways to suspend flights to the Kenyan capital after intelligence reports said a terrorist strike by Al Qaeda operatives was imminent.
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August 11, 1998 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eleven flag-draped coffins containing American victims of the U.S. Embassy bombing here were solemnly carried aboard a C-141 transport airplane Monday. For Kenyans, the day brought continuing searches at the morgues for missing loved ones--or preparations for tribal burials of many already found. Looking gaunt after three days of tragedy, U.S. Ambassador Prudence Bushnell stood on the tarmac of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with Kenyan and American officials at her side for the send-off.
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August 7, 2013 | By Nicholas Soi and Robyn Dixon
NAIROBI, Kenya - Domestic flights resumed Wednesday evening at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport using the cargo terminal, as authorities struggled to contain the economic fallout from a devastating fire at the main international terminal. Kenya's economy is heavily dependent on international tourism and flower exports to Europe. International flights were to resume Thursday from the small domestic terminal. “President [Uhuru] Kenyatta wishes to reassure the entire aviation industry, investors, local and international travelers that everything is being done to resume normal operations," a statement from the presidency said.
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