Ethiopian army officials have taken responsibility for the plane crash which happened four days ago in Somalia according to an Aljazeera report.
The Kenyan cargo plane aiding the fight against the COVID-19 in East Africa was reportedly shot down near the Bardale airport in Somalia. The plane was carrying humanitarian medical supplies according to reports.
The BBC earlier reported that the plane may have been shot down. Those reports have been confirmed by the Aljazeera report. The plane came down in flames at the Southwestern part of Somalia where Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia intersect.
The Ethiopian military said they shot the plane down mistakenly because they thought it was an unusual flight and was flying too low.
According to the Aljazeera report, the Ethiopian army said, “Because of lack of communication and awareness, the aircraft was shot down.
“The incident … will require mutual collaborative investigation team from Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya to further understand the truth.”
The plane also carried 6 officials including two Kenyans and six Somali nationals. They were all killed in the crash.
The crash is likely to erupt already existing tensions between Kenya and Ethiopia in an area partly controlled by the Al Shabab militants. Kenyan officials warned their citizens and aircrafts to proceed with caution within the area as investigations go on.