Updf Amisom Chopper Crashes in Somalia
According to the statement released by AMISOM by on Sunday, all the four soldiers aboard were rescued and are in stable condition. FILE PHOTO

A UPDF chopper under AMISOM crashed soon after it had taken off in Baledogle in the LOWER Shabelle region of Somalia on Friday.

A UPDF chopper under AMISOM crashed soon after it had taken off in Baledogle in the LOWER Shabelle region of Somalia on Friday.

According to the statement released by AMISOM by on Sunday, all the four soldiers aboard were rescued and are in stable condition.

“a helicopter on a mission to support AMISOM troops crashed soon after takeoff in Baledogle in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia on February 5, 2021,” the statement read.

“All the four soldiers aboard the helicopter were rescued and are in a stable medical condition,” the statement added.

The AMISOM press release adds that investigations into the crash of the UPDF chopper have started but the preliminary findings indicate that the chopper crashed due to mechanical failure.

“Investigations are on going to determine the cause of the crash, however preliminary reports indicate that it was due to mechanical failure,” the statement added.

The chopper that crashed on Friday belonged to the UPPDF aviation unit that was deployed in Somalia in July for the first time in eight years. In 2012 three out of the four choppers crashed in Kenya on the way to Mogadishu but Uganda has not yet received any compensation from UN as negotiations over the same continues.

However according to the deputy UPDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki the crash will not affect the army’s offensives against the Al Shabab militants in Somalia. 

Updf Amisom Chopper Crashes in Somalia
According to the statement released by AMISOM by on Sunday, all the four soldiers aboard were rescued and are in stable condition. FILE PHOTO

Last month the UPDF carried out airstrikes onto Al Shabab hideouts in which over 183 Al Shabab militants were killed and commanders captured.

Apart from providing aerial cover, the choppers act as aerial escorts for convoys which assist in emergency rescue, evacuations and air searches for the AMISOM forces.

While speaking during the send-off of the aviation unit, the Chief of Defense Forces, Gen David Muhoozi said this was meant to increase their firepower against the Al Shabab militants.

According to Muhoozi, the presence of the air assets was not only going to guarantee the dominance of the firepower for UPDF over the enemy but also provide an added advantage on the technical intelligence.