A De Havilland of Canada Dash8-400 registration 5Y-VVU operated by Blue Aviation crash-landed in Beletwein, Somalia on 14 July 2020.
The aircraft was operating a humanitarian cargo flight from Djibouti Airport to Beledweyne-Ugas Khalif Airport when it crashed upon landing.
Bluebird Aviation Limited is a Kenyan air charter company that has been in business since 1992 and operates from Nairobi’s second airport, Wilson Airport. General Manager of the airline commented to local media that, “One of our aircraft has crashed in Somalia and it was carrying food for the AMISON troops in Beletwein, Somalia where the Djibouti troops are based.”
He added: “The plane was from Djibouti earlier this morning and upon landing a donkey crossed the runway, they hit the donkey and swerved off to a trench on the side of the runway but the three crew-members are perfectly ok and were checked into a field hospital operated by the Djibouti troops.”
Basing on the accident footage, the damage appears to be extensive and the aircraft is a write off. This crash adds to the growing list of Kenyan aircraft that have crashed in Somalia this year.
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