An African Express Embraer 120 crashed yesterday near the town of El Bardale, Somalia.
The African Express Embraer 120 with registration 5Y-AXO was loaded with Coronavirus PPE supplies, the aircraft was operating a multi-sector flight across Somalia. The African Express EMB-120 had completed its first leg from Mogadishu flew to Baidoa and was on approach to Bardale, when the aircraft crashed.
Transport Minister Mohamed Salad:
“Six people — the pilot, copilot, flight engineer and a trainee pilot, as well as two people working for the airline — were onboard, five bodies have been recovered so far.”
A witness indicated the aircraft was shot down and the transport Minister declined to speculate, commenting, “He was sending a unit to investigate, who will arrive on Tuesday, and welcomed international assistance.”
Somalia’s former minister of defence, Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohamed told Reuters:
“He had spoken to a witness at the airfield who said the plane had made an initial attempt to land, had to swing around again due to wildlife on the airfield, and then appeared to be shot on one wing on its second approach.”
“He provided pictures that showed the plane in flames, pieces of it scattered over a small area and its tail intact and provided a passenger list with six names. Reuters was unable to immediately verify the images or confirm the names.”