Six dead as plane carrying coronavirus aid crashes in Somalia


A plane carrying medical supplies for use in the fight against the coronavirus crashed in Somalia on Monday, killing all six people on board.

State-run Somalia News Agency said the plane belonged to African Express Airways.

“An African (Express) Airways plane from Mogadishu flew to Baidoa and then continued its flight to Bardale town where it crashed,” the news media reported.

According to the Somali transport minister, Mohamed Salad, six people, including the pilot, copilot, flight engineer and a trainee pilot, as well as two people working for the airline were onboard the craft.

The minister added that five bodies have been recovered so far.

Salad, however, did not state the cause of the crash but there are speculations that the aircraft may have been shot down by insurgents.

Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked insurgency al Shabaab has a presence in the area where the plane came down, although the town of Bardale, in the southern Bay region, and its airfield is secured by Somali forces and Ethiopian troops.

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