Plane Carrying 36 Crash-Lands And Flips Before Bursting Into Flames At Airport
A passenger plane carrying 36 passengers and crew crash-landed, flipped on its back and caught on fire at an airport in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Monday, authorities have said.
Astonishingly, no-one was injured, despite video from the scene showing the plane upside down after having flipped over on landing, with black smoke and flames billowing into the air as fire trucks approached the runway.
The Fokker-50 aircraft operated by Somalia’s domestic carrier, Jubba Airways, was arriving in the capital from the inland city of Baidoa and crashed around 11.30am, according to a statement from Jubba Airways.
Luckily all passengers survived the fire and no one was injured, it has been reported.
“We applaud the quick action of the Somalia fire brigade at the Adan Adde International Airport for their quick action in rescuing and saving lives,” a spokesman for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development told local media.
The cause of the crash is not yet clear but Jubba Airways acknowledged the situation and said that it would release more information about what happened “as it becomes available”.
The airport is in a fortified enclave known as the ‘Green Zone,’ where some Western embassies, including the USmission, and US-trained Somali commando units, are also housed.