Bombardier De Havilland Dash 8 Crashed In Somalia

Bombardier De Havilland Dash 8 Crashed In Somalia. Photo: From Twitter

A De Havilland Dash 8-400, owned by Bluebird Aviation crashed in Beledweyne, Somalia on Tuesday, 14th July, bursting into flames.

The Kenyan plane was operating a cargo flight from Djibouti to Beledweyne Airport in Somalia. The aircraft was carrying humanitarian aid and essential supplies for African Union Mission In Somalia (AMISOM) members based at Beledweyne airport.

The Dash 8-400 PF plane manufactured in Australia, with registration 5Y-VVU was delivered to Bluebird Aviation back in December, 2011. However, the aircraft is currently 21.2 years old.

Photo: From Twitter

Regarding the incident, the airlines General Manager said:

“One of our aircraft has crashed in Somalia, it was carrying food for the AMISOM troops in Beledweyne, Somalia where the Djibouti troops are based.”

He further added that the plane hit the donkey and swerved off to a trench on the side of the runway but the crew are perfectly okay.

Photo: From Twitter

The governor of the region told reporters that a fire erupted in the plane after the crash but they could not extinguish it as the airport lacked firefighting apparatus.

As the aircraft was operating a cargo flight, only three crew members were on board the aircraft. They suffered minor injuries. They were checked into a field hospital nearby.

According to reports, an United Nations helicopter had been sent from Mogadishu, Somalia to airlift them from Beledweyne back to the capital.

The airline has 11 aircraft in its fleet. Photo:

Bluebird Aviation operates a fleet of 11 aircraft, five of which are dedicated Dash 8- Q400PF freighter aircraft, on charter flights for governments, NGOs, humanitarian aid companies and other private companies throughout East Africa.

The Kenyan airline has 9 De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 aircraft along with two Fokker 50 aircraft with an average age of 24.4 years.


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