Kenya wants to auction jets of the Somali Air Force

Kenya wants to auction jets of the Somali Air Force

Headquarters of the Kenya Airports Authority in the JKIA in Nairobi. [File Photo]

Nairobi, Kenya – Authorities in Nairobi will auction two Somali Air Force aircraft, it said, as the nation in the Horn of Africa continues to rebuild the army that has been fighting for decades.

After years of civil war, there have been no more armed forces in Somalia since 1991. In fact, the country has yet to develop a strong air force and largely relies on AMISOM and the U.S. Africa Command for air surveillance.

Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority [KCAA] said it was ready to auction the junk plane that had just received $ 1,400 to dump for its backyard. The authorities have set November 17th as the date for the auction in Nairobi.

According to the KCAA, the aircraft with the registration numbers 3C-ZZA and 8204 are both type AN24 at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [JKIA]. The tail number [code] 3C is a registration code for Equatorial Guinea and has been in the establishment for many years.

Research suggests the AN24 model was a Russian aircraft manufactured in the 1980s, an indication that the aircraft may have been abandoned during the Somali civil war that led to the deposition of Siad Barre.

In addition, each of the two aircraft will be sold for KShs, the authorities said. 73,000 which is about $ 730. the interested buyers must pay a deposit of 100,000.00 Kshs [$1000] partially read the announcement for each auction item.

Additionally, Jubba Airways EY-534 and 5Y-BXZ are other Somalia-related aircraft, priced at $ 4,006 each. It’s not clear why the plane has been in Kenya for years, but the Horn of Africa nation lacks a stable air force.

Elsewhere, a C-160 cargo plane caught fire on the runway at Dolow Town airfield in the Gedo region of Somalia on Wednesday, making it the most recent air disaster in Somalia and perhaps the 10th in a year.

The aircraft caught fire on the dusty runway shortly after landing. Airplane, registration EY-360 waa with cargo from Mogadishu to Dolow, Gedo region and luckily no casualties according to reports from Jubaland in Somalia.


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