A 30 year old Fokker 50 previously operated by Kenyan airline Silverstone Air has crash landed in Mogadishu, Somalia at Aden Adde International Airport.
The aircraft registered 5Y-MHT was performing a cargo operation and had taken off from the Beledwenye before diverting to Mogadishu after the crew experienced some technical challenges.
According to an eyewitness the aircraft crew was experiencing gear issues and the right main gear was retracted during the landing roll and finally swerved off the runway to the right and coming to stop against the sea wall barrier.
Speaking to local media, the Somali Minister of Transport, Mohamed Abdullahi Salad said, “The aircraft had taken off from the town of Beledweyne but soon returned to Mogadishu due to technical issues.”
He added that the aircraft veered off the runway upon landing and collided with concrete security barriers. No casualties have been reported and the crew is being treated at a local hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.
This incident adds to the growing number of Kenyan aircraft being involved in crashes this year. Two weeks ago, a Grand Caravan crash landed in Kenya.
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