Cargo plane catches fire on airstrip in Dolow, Somalia


Cargo plane catches fire on airstrip in Dolow, Somalia

DOLOW, Somalia – A cargo plane caught fire on Wednesday afternoon as it landed on the dusty airstrip of Dolow in Somalia, authorities said in the latest tragedy involving planes in the Horn of Africa country .

Reports say the plane took off from Mogadishu, the Somali capital, to the troubled Gedo region of Jubaland in Somalia. Air travel is considered the safest in Somalia, but apart from being expensive, it also has its drawbacks.

Photos taken from the scene show a model C-160 aircraft submerged in smoke inside the dusty airstrip at Dolow. The plane landed before igniting along the runway according to the authorities.

A state spokesperson said the cargo plane belonged to WFP. The spokesperson said the captain of the plane and a crew member left the plane safely, adding that there were no injuries at the time.

The World Food Program and other government and non-government organizations prefer air travel to this Horn of Africa country. In most cases, Al-Shabaab militants often attack these planes while cutting off supplies.

In the past year, the country has recorded more than 7 air crash incidents in Somalia, most of them associated with mechanical problems and sometimes attacks from Al-Shabaab.

But last year in May, a plane belonging to Kenya was shot down by the Ethiopian National Defense Forces. [ENDF] serve in AMISOM under unclear circumstances. Ethiopia defended its actions, saying the soldiers believed it was piloted by Al-Shabaab.



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