Italian billionaire Flavio Briatore’s luxury jet landed in a trench at the Malindi Airport hangar on Friday .
The jet had been parked at the apron when it slipped on its own and landed in a drainage trench at 2 pm.
Witnesses said it could have hit the VIP lounge that was directly in front of it. No one was inside the plane.
Pilots were outside watching helplessly as it slid. Mr Briatore is a frequent visitor to the coastal town.
The accident occurred moments after a Kenya Airways flight KQ640 landed and was about 300 meters from the apron when the incident happened.
Shocked passengers alighting from the KQ plane caused a commotion as they begun taking pictures with their phones forcing airport security personnel to disperse them.
The jet registered as OE 1FB was parked at the apron when it suddenly slipped, skidded and landed into the trench.
Malindi Airport Manager Walter Agong said it took his officers at least two hours to retrieve it.
Mr Agong suspects the pilot forgot to pull up the hand brake. No one was inside the jet when the incident occurred.
The officer, said the jet suffered slight damage as it moved slightly before landing in the trench.
Malindi Acting Deputy KAA manager Sammy Biwott confirmed the incident saying the situation had been controlled.
“It is true there was a problem with the plane but the situation is under control and the jet is now safe,’’ he said.
Briatore owns the Sh500 million resort Lion In the Sun and has been in the country for the Christmas and New Year holidays accompanied by his wife and friends.
He was scheduled to leave the country on Friday night.
In 2009, six tourists including Formula One driver Fernando Alonso narrowly escaped death after their luxurious jet hit a wall as they were leaving the Malindi airport.