At least four people have been killed after a cargo plane crashed into a commercial building in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
The Kenyan Airports Authority (KAA) said the Fokker 50 crashed into the building at the Utawala estate on the outskirts of Nairobi early Wednesday, shortly after the aircraft took off from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is the busiest airport in East Africa.
Local officials said the cargo plane crashed at about 04:00 local time, when the one-storey building was largely empty. Two guards at the building were reportedly injured.
Kenyan police said the aircraft hit an electric post before crashing on the building and bursting into flames, adding that its four crew members, including a pilot and his assistant, were dead.
“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,” Nairobi County police commander Benson Kibue said.
The plane was understood to be carrying a cargo of the mild stimulant known as Khat to the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
KAA security chief Eric Kiraithe said the airport was closed for “a few minutes as a matter of procedure,” but has now reopened and “is operating normally.”