Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Plane crashes in Mogadishu

By ANTHONY KARIUKI

A FLY540 plane has gone down in bad weather near Mogadishu North Airport with 3 crew members.

The crew consisting of two pilots and an engineer have died in the fatal accident.

The plane, a F27-500 aircraft registration 5Y BVF, was trying to land during the 7.30am accident.  The Airport, known as K50 Airport, is located 50 kilometres south of Mogadishu.

The aircraft was transporting khat (miraa) from Kenya to neighbouring Somalia.

It is understood that the plane hit a telecommunication antenna belonging to NationLink Telecom at the edge of the airstrip.

The Fly 540 Aviation Ltd says its priority is to do everything possible for the families of the pilots and the engineer who died.

The company's emergency team, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and Ministry of Transport officials were flown to Mogadishu on a Dash 8 aircraft, which left Wilson Airport at 2.30pm.

Fly 540 Aviation Ltd says the team will recover the bodies of the accident victims and the aviation authority officials will investigate the cause of the accident.

No disruption of Fly 540 passenger services is anticipated since the accident involved a cargo aircraft.

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