Kenya launches probe after plane crash-lands in Somalia with 45 passengers onboard


Kenyan civil aviation authority said Wednesday it has launched investigations into a plane that crash-landed in a military base in southern Somalia with 45 passengers onboard.

“It was near the Kenya-Somalia border at Elwak airstrip and we are investigating it. No injuries reported so far,” the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) Director General Gilbert Kibe said on the phone.

Kibe confirmed the incident involving Skyward Express plane and added that investigations will establish how the incident happened.

Local officials in Somalia said the plane crash-landed at Burahache military camp, Elwak, Gedo region in Somalia, which is a few kilometers from the Somalia-Kenya border.

The plane had left Wilson Airport of Nairobi, capital of Kenya, and was destined for Mandera in northeast Kenya Wednesday morning when the incident happened.

The Gedo area is under the control of Somali National Army (SNA) although the militant group, al-Shabab, occasionally stages terror attacks in the region.


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