Statement on crash landing by UNHAS flight in Ethiopia


ROME – A United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) flight managed by WFP and operated by our longstanding aviation services partner – Abyssinia Air was forced to make a crash landing on the afternoon of Tuesday July 27, whilst transporting passengers between Jigjiga and Dire Dawa.

The aircraft was carrying four people in total: two members of Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and two crew members. None of the passengers suffered any serious injury as a result of the accident, and they have been taken to Dire Dawa hospital to receive a thorough medical examination.

The exact cause of the forced landing is yet to be determined and Abyssinia Air, WFP, and local aviation authorities are carrying out a verification exercise to clarify the details.

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