The Tristar Air Cargo Airbus A300 that crashed near Mogadishu on 12 October 2015 (Image (CC) Pieter van Marlon)

Cargo plane crashes in Somalia, 2nd in two weeks

For the second time in roughly more than two weeks a cargo plane went down in Somalia on 28 October 2015, on a relatively short distance from the capital of Mogadishu.

According to Somalian government sources the aircraft went down near Afgoye, about 15 miles (24 km) north of Mogadishu, in an area controlled by extremist organisation al-Shabaab. Although the type of plane has not been made public, Somalian officials have said to international journalists that the aircraft was carrying ten people. If any of them survived, they are now in the hands of the extremists.

On 13 October a Tristar Air Cargo Airbus A300-200F with registration SU-BMZ crash landed on a road just outside Mogadishu, when it was attempting to land on the capital’s airport. The crew of six survived. That plane was carrying supplies for the African Union force that is trying to bring some sort of stability in and around the capital, in a country torn apart by local fighting groups. What was in the cargo hold of the plane that crashed yesterday is unknown.

©2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: The Tristar Air Cargo Airbus A300 that crashed near Mogadishu on 12 October 2015 (Image (CC) Pieter van Marlon)