Formula One’s Alonso in Malindi Airport Private Jet Mishap.

I just found out that former two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso was involved in a minor private jet accident at the Malindi Airport this weekend. Alonso had been vacationing at the Lion in Sun Resort which is owned by his Renault Formula One Team Boss, Flavio Britore.

The accident happened this Monday when Alonso and his family we’re getting ready to take-off from the Malindi airport when one of their wings touched a warehouse wall. The damage caused by the accident was minor and no one was hurt. The incident could have been worse but that did not stop the international media including the Formula One web site from picking up the story.

As a huge fan of  Formula One ,  I am glad that Alonso and his family we’re not injured (especially in Kenya!). Its good to see that both Flavio and Alonso chose to spend their holidays in Malindi and Kenya in general which is a vote of confidence that we have a world-class tourist destination. I look forward to seeing Alonso and the Renault Formula One team later this year challenging for the 2009 Championship after a sterling performance with 2 wins towards the end of the 2008 season. Below is a video from Kenya’s NTV on the accident:

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  1. January 6, 2009 at 10:12 am — Reply

    that would have been a tragedy for kenyan aviation as foreign press would have thrown in the two KQ crashes, wilson & somali incidents and maybe scared off a lot of charter tourists

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