The Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has opened an investigation into a jet that crashed into a military base in southern Somalia, killing all 45 people on board.

KCAA Director General Gilbert Kibe verified the incident involving the Skyward Express jet and stated that the cause of the incident will be investigated.

“It was near the Kenya-Somalia border at Elwak airstrip and we are investigating it. No injuries reported so far,” the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) Director-General Gilbert Kibe said on the phone.

The plane crashed near Somalia’s Burahache military base, Elwak, Gedo area, just a few kilometers from the Somalia-Kenya border, according to local officials.

When the event occurred, the plane had just taken off from Wilson Airport in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, on its way to Mandera in northeast Kenya.

Another plane that was monitoring the locust invasion crashed in the Naivasha Ndabibi area a week ago, killing one person. Two more people sustained injuries as a result of the incident.

By the time this report was published, the cause of the accident had not been determined.

*This article was written by Gerald Gekara for Uzalendo News. 

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