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Ethiopian Army Shot Down Kenyan Plane in Somalia, Initial Probe Claims Featured

The African Express cargo plane that crashed on Monday killing 6 people was shot down by projectile a few minutes before it's schedule landing at the Bardale airstrip, Horn24 has learnt.

A Kenya security source told Horn24news that Kenya Air force officials had gathered initial accounts that "strongly" indicate Ethiopia National Defence Force fire downed the Eubreur 120 plane.

ENDF cordoned off the crash site minutes after it came down.

Bardale Airstrip in South West State is manned by Ethiopian Amisom troops. Recently however there have been recorded movement of non Amisom ENDF troops near Bardale.

2 Kenyan pilots, a Kenyan flight engineer and 3 Somalia national were on Monday killed when their plane was hit and crashed near Bardale in Somalia.

The cargo plane registered 5Y AXO belonging crashed 5km to Bardale Airstrip .

Those killed in the crash are identified as

  • Capt. Hassan Musa Bulhan
  • Flight Officer Mubarak Sherman 
  • Flight Engineer Charles
  • Umar Jamal- Crew

The 2 others are Somalia nationals identified

  • Ali Madahgadud a son of a prominent Garreh clan elder from Qoryoley. He is said to have chartered the plane for close to one year.
  • Said Abdi Mohamed African Express agent in Somalia. 

The plane is said to have been taking a consigment of medicine for aid agency ICRC.

A Kenya military source has told Horn24 that the Somalia government and ENDF are stalling on allowing team from the Kenyan airline and Kenyan military from visiting the crash

site to retrieve the black box.

Negotiations are now being escalated to high-level officials.

Somalia government issued a statement early Tuesday in which it said an investigation had been launched to ascertain the cause of the crush. 

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