Kenyan Plane Shot Down in Somalia Killing Six People 

Kenyan Plane Shot Down in Somalia Killing Six People

Six people were killed Monday when an African Express Airways Embraer E-120 carrying medical supplies crashed at Bardale town, Somalia after it was allegedly shot down.

The Kenyan registered aircraft, 5Y-AXO,  with two pilots and four passengers all died. It was landing at Bardale town to deliver medical supplies.

Somali Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation confirmed the incident stating that it happened around 3.30 pm local time.

“The incident occurred under unclear circumstances. The aircraft had been and was supporting humanitarian operations during this Covid-19 pandemic period,” the Ministry said in a statement issued Tuesday.

“The E120 was flying at 2,294 ft when hit by an object, about 3 minutes away from landing at Bardale airstrip, according to a source. Two pilots, a flight engineer and three others were killed in the incident,” Harun Maruf, VOA journalist tweeted.

However, Somalia’s Secretary-General Abdalle Ahmed Mumin said ‘Ethiopian forces hit the plane mistakenly’.