Wednesday August 20 2014

Student crash lands plane in Soroti Flying School


A Cessna plane belonging to Soroti Flying School that was being flown by a practicing pilot student has crash landed at the a academy’s runway a week after the pilot students resumed operations.

This comes after Civil Aviation Authority(CAA) renewed the school's aviation operational license that had allegedly expired.
This brings the number of crashed planes to three in a period of about two years after two students crashed in Gweri Sub County while the other involved Cessna 172 which also crash landed inside the academy’s compound on May 21 2012 with a student who had also gone flying solo.
Soroti Flying School Acting Director and instructor, Mr Ronald Lodiong confirmed the incident adding that the trainee was on solo flight pursuing his study but declined to identify him on claims that it would hamper his piloting career.

“The incident happened on Tuesday evening at about 5:00pm but the student came out unhurt,” he said.
Mr Lodiong added that they will investigate the cause of the anomaly and that the responsible entity on matters of aviation in the country CAA is a braced about the accident.
The School’s guild president Joseph Otialuk said the other students were terrified but he wouldn’t jump into conclusions on what exactly happened.
“Thanks our colleague came out unhurt,” he said.
Early last month, the students’ body complained to the visiting parliamentary committee on infrastructure about the state of the planes, saying most of them were in bad mechanical condition and needed to be replaced.
Mr Otialuk further explained that the runway that was constructed in 1971 needs to be worked on, arguing that the stone chippings are wearing and tearing off the Cessna planes that are almost 10 years old since they were purchased from USA.

However, Mr Lodiong said plans were underway to have their twin engine plane flown to Kenya for repair.
In 2013, CAA, a body overseeing flight operations at the academy sent a team of experts to assess the state of the runway for possible rehabilitation but a year down the road nothing has been done yet.