Four passengers are feared dead after a cargo plane headed for Mogadishu, Somalia crashed on a commercial building in Utawala, Embakasi area after takeoff from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya.
Officials say the Fokker 50 cargo plane crashed at about 4 am and had khat at time of the incident.
JKIA’s chief of security Eric Keraithe said that the plane crashed shortly after take off. “The plane first hit an electric pole then crashed into a commercial building in Embakasi before bursting into flames,” Keraithe said.
Keraithe added that airport emergency services quickly responded to the crash that occurred around 4am Wednesday morning and managed to put out the fire.
The area has been cordoned off and emergency personnel are on ground combing through the wreckage of the plane looking for survivors. The airport is back to full function after it was closed soon after the crash for a security assessment to be conducted.