A300 transport aircraft crashes in Somalia


A Tristar Air A300 cargo aircraft crashed near Mogadishu on 12 October, but all crew survived.

The aircraft had been carrying six passengers and crew, who suffered minor injuries, according to a Somali government spokesperson.

It appears the A300 had made several attempts to land at Aden Adde airport in Mogadishu but fuel starvation forced the crew to land on Afoye road outside the capital. It is not clear whether the aircraft was unable to land at the airport due to bad weather or lack of runway lights – the airport is closed from 6 pm to 6 am local time and the aircraft crashed at around 7:30 pm local time.

The aircraft was apparently carrying frozen food for the African Union forces in Somalia (AMISOM). It had flown in from Belgium via Egypt.

The crashed aircraft was built in 1980 and delivered to Air France in 1981, according to Flightglobal, before being operated by Tristar from 2011.