Mogadishu, Somalia –
In a harrowing incident this morning, a passenger plane operated by Hala Airlines crash-landed at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport. Upon landing, the aircraft from Garowe, Puntland’s capital, veered off the runway, as confirmed by aviation officials.
Several passengers sustained injuries and were transported to the hospital for medical attention. No fatalities were reported.
The incident serves as a stark reminder of the prevailing safety concerns in Somalia’s aviation industry. The country has long grappled with ageing air fleets and inadequate aviation regulations, contributing to a high frequency of accidents.
Somalia’s poor aviation security
Today’s accident is by far not an isolated case. Last July, a Jubba Airways plane encountered a similar fate, flipping over upon landing at the capital’s airport. Thankfully, all 36 passengers on board survived the incident unscathed. The aircraft was en route from Baidoa to Mogadishu.
While relief fills the air for the survivors, today’s incident again underscores the urgent need for improved safety measures in Somalia’s aviation sector.