Plane carrying more than 40 passengers crash-landed into a military base in Gedo region, southern Somalia. Officials said the passengers were evacuated safely after the incident. Sources blamed the latest incident on a mechanical problem but added aviation experts would be flown to the scene.
- The Skyward flight from Nairobi crashed in Burahache military camp, Elwak, Gedo region, Somalia.
- According to officials, all passengers were removed safely.
- According to sources, the latest incident was caused by a mechanical problem, but that aviation experts would be flown to the scene to investigate.
Local officials reported that a jet carrying more than 40 passengers crashed into a military facility in southern Somalia’s Gedo area early Wednesday.
Officials reported the passengers were successfully evacuated after a Skyward flight from Nairobi crashed in Somalia’s Burahache military base, Elwak, Gedo area, around 15 kilometers from the Somalia-Kenya border.
“No one was injured in the event,” a local official who requested anonymity stated.
The plane had departed Wilson Airport in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, on Wednesday morning its route to Mandera in northeast Kenya when the tragedy occurred.
According to sources, the latest mishap was caused by a technical failure, but aviation experts will be dispatched to the scene to conduct an inquiry.
According to survivors, minor injuries were reported when the plane crashed on its landing gear within the military barracks, partially wrecking it.
Photographs taken at the incident showed soldiers conversing with several passengers and the plane landing on its belly.
Although the Somali National Army (SNA) controls the Gedo region, the insurgent group al-Shabab occasionally conducts intermittent raids in the region.
Skyward officials in Nairobi have pledged to publish a statement whenever additional information about the incident becomes available.