A de Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 PF plane owned by Bluebird Aviation has crash-landed today in Beletwein, Somalia. The Kenyan plane was operating a cargo flight from Djibouti to Beledweyne Airport when it crashed and caught fire. The aircraft was carrying humanitarian aid and food supplies.Only three crew members were on board at the time, and all managed to escape the fiery wreck without sustaining serious injury.
The Dash 8 cargo aircraft hit several small mounds of earth next to the runway, which was being used for maintenance. Sources are reporting that the crash was caused by a donkey. The animal was spotted on the runway before the plane touched down and the pilot swerved to avoid hitting the animal.Dekho eh video ch kis jagah hoea hune hune hawai jahaz crash ke sare pase mach ghi hahakar.Local media are reporting BlueBird Aviation’s general Manager, Captain Hussein Mohamed, as saying.
Although the plane burst into flames upon impact, all three crew members escaped with minor injuries. The crew members were taken to the local field hospital as a precaution. Mohamed also confirmed that a UN helicopter was already on the way to fly to crew members back to the Somalian capital of Mogadishu. According to Aviation-safety.net, the plane has been so severely damaged by the crash that it is beyond repair.