Bloomberg Anywhere Login


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Somalia Shuts Main International Airport After Crash Kills Four

Aug. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Somalia closed its main international airport after an Ethiopian military cargo plane crashed on landing, killing four crew members, officials said.

The aircraft burst into flames as it touched down this morning at Mogadishu International Airport, sending plumes of dark smoke into the air, Ali Mohamed, a police officer at the airport, said in an interview. Two crew members survived the crash and are being treated in a Mogadishu hospital, the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia said in an e-mailed statement.

The Ethiopian Air Force plane was carrying ammunition for use by AU peacekeepers in Somalia, Colonel Mahad Elmi, an airport security official, said in a phone interview.

The AU has deployed peacekeepers in Somalia to help the government fight al-Shabaab, an Islamist insurgency linked to al-Qaeda. Somalia is emerging from two decades of civil war that began when Mohamed Siad Barre, the former dictator, was overthrown.

Da’ud Ali, an airport employee, said the aircraft’s wings were on fire and smoke was billowing out of the plane’s undercarriage as it landed.

The cause of the crash was a “technical problem,” Deputy Information Minister Abdishakur Mire told reporters in the capital. All flights have been halted until further notice, he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mohamed Sheikh Nor in Mogadishu via Nairobi at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.