March 29, 2023

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Plane capsizes after plane crashes at Mogadishu airport, Somalia

Plane capsizes after plane crashes at Mogadishu airport, Somalia


Somali authorities said a helicopter carrying 36 passengers and crew capsized and caught fire after crashing on Monday at the main airport in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Pictures from the site showed spiers of black smoke rising from the plane into the sky as firefighters battled the blaze. Parts of the plane, a Fokker-50 operated by the local Somali airline, Juba Airways, were also seen strewn across the runway.

All 36 passengers and crew members survived the accident, the Somali Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement, adding that an investigation is underway into the accident.

The plane was coming from the inland city of Baidoa to Mogadishu on the Indian Ocean and crashed around 11:30 am, he said. brief statement From Juba Airways.

“We commend the swift action of the Somali Fire Brigade at Adan Adde International Airport for their swift action in saving and saving lives,” a spokesperson for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, an eight-nation trade bloc that includes Somalia, told local media. .

The airport is located inside a fortified enclave known as the “Green Zone”, which also houses some Western embassies, including the US mission and US-trained Somali commando units. It was the last plane crash there 2020 When another Fokker-50 skidded off the runway and hit a perimeter wall. The four passengers on the plane survived.

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Dutch airline Fokker originally manufactured the Fokker-50 but discontinued production in 1996. The company’s successor, Fokker Services, continues to service and repair Fokker-50s still in use. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.