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Ethiopia blocks Kenya from accessing plane crash scene

Kenya claims that Ethiopian forces on Tuesday barred accessing the crash site of a light aircraft that killed all six on board. Kenya has done a similar thing in Kismayo where they blocked Ethiopian Amisom troops to take part peace mission at the request of the Somali government.

“We have an Amison camp, which controls the airspace in that region, and we also have the Ethiopian army in the same area. I can’t go into details but the Kenyan military was stopped from accessing the accident scene,” a top state official told the Star.

“We also have al Shabaab in the same region and we can’t give a specific position unless investigations are done.”

The plane was chartered by an NGO to transport medical supplies and mosquito nets to Bardale, Somalia, when the crash occurred on Monday evening.

“Kenya Civil Aviation confirms that a Kenyan-registered aircraft 5Y-AXO, belonging to African Express crashed in Bardale, Somalia, as it approached the airport on Monday May 4, 2020, under circumstances we are yet to confirm,” the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement on Tuesday.

The aircraft has been operating in Somalia since March 2, 2020. It departed Mogadishu with medical supplies headed for Baidoa where it landed at 1pm on Monday.

The aircraft then left Baidoa for Berdale landing at 4pm and later departed for Bardere.

“The firm’s operation officer confirms having lost contact with the aircraft at approximately 4.20pm,” KCAA director general Kibe Gilbert said in a statement.

The Somali government on Tuesday said they had launched investigations and would provide a concrete report.

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