Ethiopian Military plane crashes in Somalia

August 9, 2013 12:51 pm0 comments by:

An AMISOM firefighter attempts to stop the fire at the site of an airplane crash in Mogadishu, Somalia, on August 9. An Ethiopian Air Force aircraft crashed upon landing this morning at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport. Two of the six crew members survived the crash. AU UN IST PHOTO / TOBIN JONES

Mogadishu 9th August – An Ethiopian Air force flight today crash landed at Mogadishu International Airport killing four crew members and injuring two others.

The two are currently receiving medical attention at the AMISOM hospital in Mogadishu.

Capt. Robert Kamara the Spokesperson for the Ugandan contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia-AMISOM told the Continental Observer that the air crash occurred shortly before 0800hrs when the plane burst into flames upon landing.

Kamara explains that the emergency medical and fire personnel were on location and immediately contained and rescued the two casualties.

He says the exact cause of the crash is yet to be established but investigations are underway.

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif expressed his heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Ethiopia following the loss of lives in the accident.

Annadif  wished the injured crew members  quick recovery.

AMISOM says there has been no damage to the runway and operations at the airport are expected to resume shortly.

The plane that got involved in the accident is a Russian built antonov 24 cargo plane.

Ethiopia is not part of AMISIOM but it has been supporting the Federal Transitional Government-TGF.


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