Africa: Ethiopian Forces Takes Responsibility of Crashing Kenya's Cargo Plane | AfriTV Online

The Government of Somalia, with orders from President Mohamed Farmaajo, kick-started an investigation into a plane crash that took the lives of six people on Monday close to Bardale town, within the Bay region. The Somalia president sent an invitation ...

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Africa: Ethiopian Forces Takes Responsibility of Crashing Kenya's Cargo Plane

Published by: Tobiloba Chelsea
05/09/2020 10:03 PM

The Government of Somalia, with orders from President Mohamed Farmaajo, kick-started an investigation into a plane crash that took the lives of six people on Monday close to Bardale town, within the Bay region. The Somalia president sent an invitation to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, KCAA, to carry out a proper investigation into the crash, amid claims that it was shot down.

 

A few hours ago, the Ethiopian troops securing the landing field in Baidoa admitted to shooting down the cargo aircraft based on “mistaken identity.” According to the African Union Mission in Somalia, reports show that the Ethiopian forces were not fully aware of any incoming cargo plane, “There was no information passed across about a plane landing at Bardale,” 

 

The Ethiopian troops perceived the aircraft as a threat, using a grenade launched from a rocket propeller, rendered the cargo plane to pieces. Five bodies out of six were recovered were two Somalians and three Kenyans. Due to the lack of communication, innocent lives were lost. 

 

The cargo plane was on an altruistic mission, conveying COVID-19 supplies for use in the fight against the pandemic.

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