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Somalia: Passenger Plane Crash-Lands at Mogadishu Airport

A passenger plane on a domestic flight crash-landed at Mogadishu’s International Airport in Somalia on Tuesday.

According to a statement from the Somali Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA), all 30 passengers and four crew members were saved.

The small airline Halla Airlines’ E-120 aircraft was travelling from Garowe in the Puntland area of Somalia to Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport. When the incident happened, it was 12:23 PM in Mogadishu.

“There was no fatality from the accident except minor injuries,” the SCAA said in a brief statement.

“The Somali Civil Aviation Authority would like to reaffirm that the preliminary report will be released once the current investigation concludes.”

Closed-circuit television footage of the incident reveals that the plane left the runway as soon as it touched down. Prior to the event, the pilot did not communicate any problems to the air traffic control tower.

News reporters in Somali were informed by Ismail Mohamud from Halla Airlines that the investigation’s findings would be released later.

“We are now working on the plane’s issue,” he said.

Early indications suggest pilot error may have been the cause, according to a Somali official who did not want to be named.

“Facts will be established once the cockpit voice recorder and black box are analysed,” he added.

In recent years, Somalia’s airport administration has improved services and reclaimed air traffic authority from the UN. Somalia reclaimed its International Air Transport Association Class A designation earlier this year.

According to the airport management, more than 150 domestic and foreign flights utilise Mogadishu’s airport every day. Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Ethiopian Airlines are three significant international carriers that use the airport.

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