One of Kenyan regional carrier Fly540’s Bombardier Dash 8-300 turboprops has made an emergency landing, apparently on open ground, after an engine failure.

The aircraft (5Y-CGH) came down near Kapese, an airfield in north-western Kenya.

Fly540 says the aircraft sustained a “suspected foreign-object strike” which resulted in an engine failure.

The captain decided to carry out an emergency landing at Kapese, although images purportedly captured at the scene indicate the aircraft came to rest in an open area of rough ground.

Fly540 has not indicated the distance from the runway, nor confirmed the number of occupantsd. The condition of the aircraft is unclear.

“The incident will lead to delays in our scheduled services over the next few days,” the carrier states. It says the event occurred at 09:54.

Cirium fleets data lists the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123B-powered aircraft as having been delivered originally to Rheintalflug in 1999. It was ultimately transferred to Fly540 in 2017.