Kenya’s Cargo Plane Crashes Into Fence At Mogadishu Airport

A Kenya-flagged aircraft on Saturday crashlanded at the Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu, Somalia.

The twin-engine Fokker aircraft, which was carrying cargo to Somalia, slid off the runway and rammed into a concrete fence after landing at Mogadishu airport.

The turboprop plane was severely damaged in the impact. It is reported to have belonged to Kenya’s Silverstone Air.

“Kenyan registered plane 5YMHT, Fokker 50, slid off the runway at Mogadishu Aden Adde Airport this morning. No fatalities co-pilot slightly injured and captain was stuck in the cockpit for a while. Silverstone air services doing domestic flights within Somalia,” a Twitter user said on the microblogging platform.

It is not immediately clear what could have caused the incident.

The authorities have dispatched rescue crews to deal with the incident.

Conflicting reports say four to five people were evacuated from the plane. No casualties have been reported so far, although some crew members were injured.

The Aden Adde airport is home to foreign diplomatic missions and is a gateway for humanitarian shipments delivered to Somalia.

The East African nation is still reeling from three decades of hostilities and relies heavily on international aid.


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