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Ethiopian Military Plane Crash Lands in Mogadishu
Source: VOA News
Somali security officials say an Ethiopian cargo plane carrying weapons has crash landed at an airport in Mogadishu, killing four people.
Witnesses say the plane burst into flames after crashing Friday, sending thick black smoke into the sky at the international airport in the Somali capital.
The African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) said on Twitter two crew members were rescued from the Ethiopian Air Force plane and are being treated for injuries.
The cause of the crash is not clear. Ethiopia has not commented on the situation.
Ethiopia is helping the Somali government battle the Al-Shabab insurgent group, which is trying to impose a strict version of Islamic law on Somalia.
The AMISOM peacekeeping mission, which is also fighting the insurgency, expressed "heartfelt condolences" over the accident.
At least four people killed as Ethiopian airforce plane for African Union peacekeepers crashlands in Mogadishu.
At least four people have been killed after a military aircraft burst into flames moments after landing at the international airport in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
The victims in Friday's accident were part of the six crew on board.
Sources said the plane belonged to the Ethiopian airforce and was carrying weapons and ammunition for AMISOM, the peacekeeping mission in Somalia run by the African Union.
AMISOM said on Twitter the crash happened shortly before 8am.
"The [AU] force commander expresses his heartfelt condolences to the government and the people of Ethiopia following the loss of crew members," AMISOM tweeted without giving the number of those killed or injured.
Small blasts could be heard from the stricken plane and airport workers said they believed they were caused by exploding ammunition.
"We hear explosions as it burns. It is burning like hell. It is sure it will end up in ash," one security source at the airport told the Reuters news agency.
The source said the blaze was so intense firefighting crews were unable to tackle it.
Mucahit Salih Duran, head of the Turkish Red Crescent delegation in Somalia, tweeted a photo showing black smoke rising from what appeared to be a runway.
There was no immediate word on where the aircraft was flying from.
Military aircraft regularly land at Mogadishu's airport, which also serves as the headquarters for the AU force battling al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters called al-Shabab.
Air traffic has increased significantly at the airport as Mogadishu continues on a slow recovery from decades of warfare. Two major international carriers - Turkish Airlines and Air Uganda - operate direct flights into Mogadishu.
“We hear explosions as it burns. It is burning like hell. It is sure it will end up in ash,” one security source at the airport told the Reuters news agency.
The security source at the airport seems to be delighted in seeing this appalling tragedy. These Somalia soldiers are never to be trusted.
This tragedy need a full investigation. The incident happened after the plane landed.
Heartfelt condolence to the family of the victims.
Rest in Peace for those lost Ethiopian crew.
I think we should rethink the situation. AMISOM and AFRICOM are not doing their share. We shouldn’t fight somebody war. America itself should go in Somalia, open Bases and fight the Islamic Rif-Raf there.
Let’s withdraw and if they bomb in Ethiopia let’s bomb the hell out of them.
UN- source says Ethiopia ignors weapon sancation in Somali, after military plane carrying weapon crashed in Mogadisho.
The plan was carrying weapon 2 Somalia government! All Ethiopia Airlines is not save- says World civil aviation Expert in Warsaw. The reason is that the CEO- of Ethio. Airlines, is member of ruling Junta of Tigria liberation front.
I hope all Great and brave Ethiopians will not fly With Ethio. Airlines. This comes after bloodly crashes b/ween peace full protester and army military and Police loyal to ethnic dominated government of TPLF
My condolences to the family of the diseased and injured.
I hope Gragn Ahmed was not one of the pedestrians killed by the aircraft.
My deepest condolence to the deceased and their families. I also wish the injured a fast recovery.
Hyena ,don’t you know that the Northern Goat Herders were represented by the then Crime Minster as the “Democratic Pilots “
maybe your bros who did roat in the plane ,were surely waiting the votes of the Somali peoples to land….LOL !!!! For more information peoples must watch the interview made on ESAT TV with former Ethiopian Air Force Fighter ,
Captain Dawit Wondiferaw .
That seems a juctice done, for the blood shed at Kofale
Issay ilililililili I wish all wayane killed.
Heny, do you understand ENGLISH? The guy was saying whatever the cargo exploding end in the ash.
I haven’t had the prevelage to say this but I just wanna tell you that I love you girl!!
It is a sad incident for Ethiopia who is trying to rebuild a neighbouring Nation griped by decades of conflict.
Our Ethiopian fallen brothers may you Rest in Peace and my heart felt and deepest sympathy to their families and to the members of the Ethiopian Air Force. For the two survivors of this unfortunate accident I wish you a a quick recovery, God bless you all.
God bless Ethiopia.
The Eritreans did it lol
are u human how gets satisfaction from accident like this.
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