29 April 2012

Somalia: Plane Suffers Tire Blow Out At Abdullahi Yusuf Airport

Galkayo — A domestic flight had a tire blow out upon arrival at Galkayo's Abdullahi Yusuf international airport, Radio Garowe reports.

The Jubba flight departed from Hargeysa and was bound to Galkayo Saturday morning, but shortly after its tires touched the Abdullahi Yusuf airport main runway they blew out. The plane leaned to a side until it very hastily came to a stop, which put some of the passengers onboard in a state shock. No one on board was injured.

Minister of Aviation Ahmed Ali Gamute who spoke to Radio Garowe said that the tire blow out occurred because of an error by the pilot while landing the plane. "An investigation has already taken place and our findings have concluded that it was an error by the pilot while attempting to land the plane," said Minister Gamute.

Minister Gamute said that the plane was up to the standards of the Puntland government and all planes operating in Puntland are inspected twice a year. Questions of the quality of planes operating in Somalia were raised but Minister Gamute said, "By June 2012 all private airlines are requested to use more advanced airplanes that meet the requirements of Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) for domestic flights."

This is the first incident at Galkayo's recently named Abdullahi Yusuf airport in which a plane has malfunctioned.

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