Plane Transporting Khat to Mogadishu Crashes in Nairobi

Published: July 2, 2014
Plane Transporting Khat to Mogadishu Crashes in Nairobi
The wreckage of the plane. AP/ photo

A small cargo plane confirmed carrying mild stimulant drug (khat) has crashed on early hours of Wednesday morning in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Police officials have reported that four people who were on board died after the plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Jommo Kenyatta airport.

The plane was travelling to neighbouring Somalia capital, Mogadishu in order to offload bundles of khat it transported from Kenya.

It crashed into commercial building in the Utawala area of the capital.

Nairobi County Police commander told reporters that investigations are under way on the causes of the crash and rescuers are searching for any bodies under the plane wreckage.

“The plane crash-landed and burst into flames, four occupants were killed and we are combing through the debris to find out if there are more,” he said.

Kenya is gaining massive profits from transporting khat to the neighbouring Somalia daily.

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