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Somali government to investigate Ethiopian military plane crash in Mogadishu

Saturday, August 10, 2013

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The Somali government appointed a seven-member committee to investigate the cause of an Ethiopian military cargo plane crash at Mogadishu's Aden Adde International Airport that killed four crew members Friday (August 9th).

The plane burst into flames when it crash-landed Friday morning on a runway in the Somali capital's main airport. Emergency response personnel were able to save two crewmembers, who are currently receiving medical attention at the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) hospital in Mogadishu, according to an AMISOM press release.

The plane was bringing supplies to AMISOM troops stationed in the country. The cause of the crash is unclear but investigations are under way.

AMISOM said there was no damage to the runway and operations at the airport were expected to resume shortly.

The seven-member committee, led by Deputy Minister of Information, Posts and Telecommunications Abdishakur Ali Mire, "will immediately start their work and we expect to get accurate reports on the accident very soon", the Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement.

"The federal government of Somalia is very much concerned about the accident and sends its condolences to the families of those [who] lost their lives," it said.

AU Special Representative to Somalia Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif sent his condolences to the government and people of Ethiopia and wished quick recovery for the injured crew members.


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