Military plane caches fire at Somali airport
09 August 2013, 12:23
Mogadishu - A military aircraft burst into flames moments
after landing at the international airport in the Somali capital Mogadishu on
Friday, sending a thick plume of black smoke into the sky, airport staff and
Small blasts could be heard from the stricken plane. Airport
workers said they believed they were caused by exploding ammunition.
"We hear explosions as it burns. It is burning like
hell. It is sure it will end up in ash," one security source at the
airport told Reuters.
The source said the blaze was so intense firefighting crews
were unable to tackle the blaze.
There was no immediate word on the crew and it was not clear
where the military aircraft was flying from.
Military aircraft regularly land at the city's airport,
which also serves as the headquarters for an African Union force battling al
Qaeda-linked Islamist militants.