Chadian Air Force Su-25 Frogfoot Accidentally Fired Rocket At French C-130H At N’Djamena Airport killing Five Civilians

Chadian Air Force Su-25 Frogfoot Accidentally Fired Rocket At French C-130H At N'Djamena Airport killing Five Civilians
A screenshot from the surveillance video filmed at NDjamena.

On Apr. 17, 2020 a Chadian Air Force Su-25 Frogfoot accidentally fired a rocket at French C-130H parked at Base Aérienne Kossei NDjamena, Chad.

The rocket accidentally fired by a Chadian Air Force Su-25 Frogfoot struck an empty tanker truck, missed a French Air Force C-130H from the Escadron de transport (Transport Squadron) 2/61 Franche Comté, and landed in the house of Deputy Commander of the Presidential Guard, General Mahamata Salaha Brahima, killing three children and two adults, and wounding two others.

Video from a surveillance camera has leaked online on several platforms (including Lelombrik.net). It shows the moment the rocket fires, passes through the tanker and misses by few meters the French Hercules.

The causes of the incident are being investigated.

The Air Force has Russian-made Su-25 combat jet in its inventory, which was used to strike Boko Haram militants near Lake Chad last month. It is said to have bought MiG-29s from Ukraine in 2014.

The area where the warhead struck is just meters away from Chad headquarters of Operation Barkhane, a French-led campaign fighting militants in the Sahel region. Around 4,500 French personnel are deployed.

“French soldiers of Operation Barkhane were immediately deployed to support the Chadian forces and provided assistance to the victims after the accidental explosion of a rocket from a ground device of the Chadian Air Force. It caused several victims near the Kossei Base. Three wounded were taken into emergency care at the hospital of the French military base,” French Embassy in N’Djaména said.

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