Ethiopian air force plane crashes at Mogadishu airport, killing 4

Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) -- An Ethiopian military cargo plane crashed at an airport in the Somali capital of Mogadishu early Friday, killing four crew members, African Union peacekeepers said. The plane "burst into flames immediately on crashing"

Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) — An Ethiopian military cargo plane crashed at an airport in the Somali capital of Mogadishu early Friday, killing four crew members, African Union peacekeepers said.

The plane “burst into flames immediately on crashing” at the international airport, according to the African Union Mission to Somalia.

It was carrying arms to the African Union forces in Somalia when it crashed as it landed just before 8 a.m. local time, airport staff said.

AMISOM expressed condolences to the government and people of Ethiopia.

Established in 2007, the peacekeeping force has more than 17,000 personnel from across Africa helping the Somali government battle Islamist militants in the nation.

Backed by the United Nations, its role is to help maintain peace and support Somalia’s federal government, as the African nation struggles to emerge from more than two decades of conflict.

Journalist Omar Sheik Nor reported from Mogadishu and Samira Said from Atlanta.

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  • erikid August 10, 2013

    We hate you, but we don’t wish you death even though you put your noses where it doesn’t belong.

    • Bellize August 10, 2013

      Do not say we! Say I.

      • erikid August 10, 2013

        We eritreans. You agame

        • Genet August 15, 2013

          Stupid erikid
          Are you sure about that you are Eritrean? You think you are, but you are not. You are not Eritrean. You may have an Eritrean blood line, but you are not Eritrean. You are a tormented sole. You support the killing of Eritrean, the breaking up of Eritrean families and the distruction of our history and identity. In the 21st century, our people are being sold like anmials. Still you con’t hear their suffering. WHY?
          Genet

  • erikid August 10, 2013

    Here is a fact about Ethiopia. Ethiopia is the only nation in Africa that kills her own African people in somalia by getting paid 1 billion dollars every year from the USA.

    • Guest August 12, 2013

      Well, as you said it, Ethiopia gets billions for doing… on the other hand, you arab slaves sale your poor ones organs for NOTHING!

      • TheTruth August 13, 2013

        How about the Ethiopian refugees in Sinai and Yemen who are getting their organs harvested? Have you forgotten them? Why the need to rejoice in the suffering of others?

    • Zeray August 13, 2013

      erikid

      Are you kidding? The Eritrean government is one that is killing its own people without cause and without a day in court. Some sudden death and many slow death. But from your writing you seem to be very myopic, those who agree with you are Eritreans and those who don’t “Agame”. And you said it, you are hateful. By the way the “Agame” economy is way ahead of our own people.

      Only a sick mind would would applaud an airline accident. As for Ethiopia, it is only one cargo plane. They are capable of replacing this mishap with 10 of them. You should mourn for “Eritrean Airlines”.

      Peace

      • TheTruth August 13, 2013

        It’s funny how claims are just that without facts. Sadly you care about the cargo plane and not the people in it.

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