A Daallo airlines plane with 74 passengers on board from Mogadishu to neighbouring Djibouti, had to make an emergency landing due to a technical problem, a Somali government official has said.
Flight D3159 departed from the Aden Abdulle International airport at 11:20am local time before turning back 20 minutes after takeoff. Three passengers sustained injuries, with one of them in a critical condition, officials confirmed.
In a press conference held in Mogadishu airport on Tuesday, Minister of Transportation and Civil Aviation, Ali Jama Jangeli stated that a technical problem forced the plane not to proceed with its journey.
‘’The aircraft developed a mechanical fault and the captain decided to turn back and managed to land the plane safely. Investigations are still going on and we will inform the public about the final outcome,’’ said Mr Jangeli.
The problem occurred when the plane was cruising at an altitude of 10,000 metres above the Indian Ocean, he added.
Some of the passengers told local media that something like a bomb explosion occurred inside the plane. But an official from the Daallo airlines in Mogadishu insisted that it was the oxygen tank that exploded.
The tank is designed to provide oxygen to passengers during an emergency.
Meanwhile, a dead body of an old man believed to have been one of the passengers of the plane has been found in a district located in the outskirts of Mogadishu. Some of the passengers said that the man fell from the plane when the blast had occurred.