Thursday, 02 June, 2022

Coronavirus: Somalia probes Kenyan aid plane crash

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Somalia is investigating how a personal Kenyan plane with coronavirus health-related materials crashed in the vicinity of the metropolis of Baidoa, killing all six on board.

Police say the African Express aircraft crashed in flames just right before it was due to land in Bardale on Monday.

Officers say the crash’s trigger is not crystal clear but there has been speculation it may have been shot down.

Kenya’s international affairs ministry suggests its investigators have been invited to join the Somali inquiry.

The crew was manufactured up of two Kenyan and 4 Somali nationals.

The Islamist militant group al-Shabab has a presence in the region of Bardale, but the town and its airfield are held by Somali government troopers and Ethiopian troops who are portion of the African Union force in the place.

Ethiopia’s defence spokesperson has denied its forces had any involvement in the incident in Bardale, which is about 300km (180 miles) north-west of the cash, Mogadishu.

Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohamed, a former Somali defence minister, is quoted by the Reuters information agency as expressing that he had spoken to a witness at the airfield who said the airplane appeared to have been shot down.

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Kenya’s overseas ministry has urged Kenyans and other humanitarian aircraft running in the location to choose precautions “in light-weight of the unclear instances bordering the incident”.

“The aircraft was about to land at the Bardale airstrip when it crashed and burst into flames,” Abdulahi Isack, a law enforcement formal, is quoted as declaring by the AFP information agency.

It experienced flown from Mogadishu to Baidoa and then ongoing to Bardale town just before crashing.

The Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority claims it dropped call with the plane at around 16:20 community time (13:20 GMT) – but did not know the exact time of the crash.

African Express Airways has informed the BBC it has despatched a workforce from Mogadishu to Bardale to help of the nearby authorities assess the circumstance and do an preliminary report on the crash.

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