Halla Airlines Embraer EMB 120 crashes after landing in Mogadishu

Wreckage of Halle Airlines Embraer aircraft at Mogadishu Airport.
Photo: via Twitter @alimsaeed604

An Embraer EMB 120 twin turboprop regional commuter aircraft has crashed on landing at Aden Adde airport in Mogadishu, Somalia. The domestic flight, operated by Halla Airlines, was inbound to Mogadishu from Garowe the capital of Puntland, in northeastern Somalia, with 30 persons on board.

Photo via Twitter user alsaeed @alimsaeed604

It is understood that injuries have been sustained amongst some of the occupants, however specific details regarding severity and extent of injuries are not yet known at this time.

Footage of the accident shows the aircraft, an Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, making what seems to be normal touchdown; however, the aircraft can be seen to veer off the runway during the subsequent landing roll.

The exact cause of the loss of control and subsequent runway excursion is not known. Video footage shows the aircraft veering into low vegetation and losing control on uneven ground to the left of the runway.

The aircraft subsequently ground looped before striking a perimeter fence side on, causing significant damage to the airframe.

About Halla Airlines

Halla Airlines is a Somali airline headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. It was founded in 2015 and began operations in 2016. The airline’s main base is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

The airline operates to a number of destinations in Somalia, including Mogadishu, Garowe, and Bosaso. Halla Airlines also flies to Nairobi, Kenya.

Update – Statement by Somali CAA

The Somali Civil Aviation Authority have issued a brief statement, which confirms the accident took place when the aircraft landed on RWY 05 Aden Adde International Airport at 12.23PM local time on 11 July.

The CAA confirms that 34 passengers and crew were onboard the aircraft; no fatalities occurred and two occupants sustained minor injuries.

The Somali aviation regulator will now carry out an investigation into the landing accident.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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