Charitable aid flight hits donkey on runway, bursts into flames

Beware donkey on runway

Beware donkeys on the runway.

A Bluebird Aviation De Havilland Dash 8-400 suffered a landing gear collapse and burst into flames when it tried to avoid a donkey on the runway in Beledweyne, Somalia, on Tuesday.

The charter freight flight had just arrived from Djibouti with three crew on board, according to aviation website aeroinside.com.

The captain reported they were landing when a donkey entered the runway and was struck by the plane. The aircraft skidded off the sand/gravel runway, injuring all three crew members.

The aircraft sustained substantial damage, including the fracture of its right wing.

Somalia's CAA reported the aircraft was carrying food in support of the charitable African Union Mission in Somalia. The aircraft had been chartered by the U.S. Department of Defence.

The incident is under investigation.

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