A Russian-made Su-25, belonging to the Chadian Air Force accidentally fired a missile that veered into a senior Chadian commander’s home, killing five people including three children. 

The video footage captures the firing of the missile at the Adji Kossei airbase as the aircraft was preparing to take off. The missile clips an empty fuel tanker, which made it veer just away from a parked French C-130 aircraft before disappearing from view. It then slammed into the home of General Mahamat Salah Brahim, Deputy Commander of the Presidential Guard. 

According to local reports, four people — two adults and two children — were initially reported dead. A young girl, critically injured in the blast, died later in the hospital. General Brahim is not thought to be among those killed. 


“Around 12:00 noon local time, a shell accidentally fired from a military plane which was about to take off from the Adji Kossei military base in N’Djamena,” Chief of Staff of the  Chadian Army, General Abakar Abdelkarim Daoud said.

“The shell fired, unfortunately, [hit] the city where military families live in the Farcha Garan Goso district not far from the military airport. The residence of the deputy commander of the presidential guard, General Mahamat Salah Brahim, was affected causing the deaths of at least four people including two children and two adults, and causing injuries.”

“An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances of this incident,” said Youssouf Tom, the public prosecutor at N’Djamena.

The Chadian Air Force has Russian-made Su-25 and MiG-29s combat jets in its fleet, since purchasing them from Ukraine in 2014. The Su-25 ground attack aircraft was used last month to strike Boko Haram militants near Lake Chad.