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Kenya, Somalia to form a joint probe into Monday Plane crash


President Uhuru Kenyatta and Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo have agreed to a joint probe into the Monday night aircraft crash.

On Tuesday, Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement to newsrooms, said President Farmajo informed President Kenyatta that he (Farmajo) had instructed Somalia’s Civil Aviation Authorities to immediately mount an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Through a telephone call to Uhuru, Farmajo invited the Kenyan civil aviation authorities to team up with their Somalia counterparts with the aim of completing the investigations expeditiously.

The ministry had earlier asked the Somali government to provide answers on the “unclear circumstances” under which a Kenyan-registered aircraft was on Monday shot down in Bardale, killing six people.

The cargo aircraft, 5Y-AXO, belonging to African Express crashed as it approached the airport.

Reports indicate that the aircraft left the capital Mogadishu and briefly stopped in the city of Baidoa before continuing to the town of Bardale, in the southern Bay region, where it crashed a short distance from the airport.

It had Coronavirus aid supplies aimed at supporting humanitarian operations in the country.

At the time of the accident, the aircraft had six persons on board. Two of them were Kenyans.