Four people killed as Ethiopian aircraft crash lands at Mogadishu airport

Wreckage of an aircraft that burst into flames after crash-landing at Mogadishu airport [Photo: Courtesy- Amisom]


By Standard Digital Reporter

Four people died after an aircraft that was ferrying supplies to African Union Mission to Somalia (Amisom) troops burst into flames moments after crash-landing at the international airport in Mogadishu.

Two others were rescued from the burning aircraft that had crew from Ethiopia. The aircraft crashed shortly after 8am Friday morning.

Amisom posted on its Twitter account that firefighters responded quickly and managed to save the two crew members who are currently being treated at the Amisom hospital in Mogadishu.

A statement by Amisom said the exact cause of the crash is yet to be established but investigations have been launched.

“There has been no damage to the runway and operations at the airport are expected to resume shortly,” Amisom said in the statement.

Amisom is a regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the United Nations.

The troops were deployed to Somalia to battle Islamist militant group Al Shabaab and regularly use the Mogadishu airport.