SOMALIA: Details of Civilian aircraft crashes in Galkayo airport, Somalia on Saturday
GALKAYO (RBC) There has been contradicting reports on what was the exact cause of civilian plane crash in Abdullahi Yusuf airport of Galkayo, a central town in Somalia on Saturday.
The Russian made Antonov AN-24, belonged to Jubba Airways Company crashed outside the Abdullahi Yusuf airport during its flight from Hargeisa to Galkayo on Saturday about 2:55 pm (local time), the manager of the company’s branch in Puntland, Omar Abdiwahab told RBC Radio by phone from Bosasso.
“When the plane was nearly to land on the runway its tires blew out then it leaned to the right side until it broke into two pieces. Some of the passengers onboard fall into a state of shock. None of the 32 passengers on board and its four crew mostly Russian, were hurt.” The manager confirmed.
Mr. Abdiwahab declined initial reports claiming that the fault was the pilot. “We as Jubba Airways can do nothing like this time. You know the Galkayo airport is not constructed.” He blamed.
Puntland aviation minister Ali Ahmed Gamute who hold press conference on Sunday in the region’s capital of Garowe raised questions on the safety of the local planes operating in Puntland. The minister said that the plane accident in Galkayo came after a tire blow out just minutes before it was to bond on the airport.
“The error was that the pilot of aircraft could not manage to land the plane properly so it broke outside the airport. But luckily no one was hurt.” The minister said in his press conference.
Mr. Gamute added that Russian made old-planes are always liable to crash because of the weak safety measures and that planes operating in Somalia are not inspected.
“There is always irresponsibility of the planes done by the local agencies. They do not meet the requirements of Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) for domestic flights.” The Puntland minister of Aviation noted.
The minister confirmed that investigation on the latest accident is being carried as he declared that the government will issue strict rules against the airline companies to prevent other accident.
Meanwhile the manager of Abdullahi Yusuf airport Abdi Sa’id Dhegawayne yesterday pronounced that they hold the crashed pieces of the plane for the investigating the case to find the cause of Saturday’s accident.