(By Simon Hradecky - The Aviation Herald )-A Jubba Airways Antonov AN-24, flight 6J-711 from Hargeisa (Somaliland) to Galkayo (Puntland/Somalia) with 32 passengers and 4 (Russian) crew, blew both right hand main gear tyres upon touchdown on Galkayo's main runway, veered off the runway and came to rest off the runway at 14:55L (11:55Z), the entire wing separated from the aircraft. No injuries occurred, the aircraft received substantial damage.
RBC Radio Puntland cites Puntland's Minister of Aviation Mr. Gamute stating "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."
Puntlandi.com cites Puntland's Minister of Aviation Mr. Gamute confirming a wing received damage in response to their report of a wing having separated from the aircraft.
Attempts by The Aviation Herald to reach Jubba Airways have failed so far due to not working e-mail addresses, not working phone numbers and not working fax numbers in all their offices published on their website (in addition to a more than incomplete schedule, that for example lists several arrivals at Hargeisa but nearly no departures for Saturdays, certainly no flight to Galkayo).
Puntland Government's spokesman Ahmed Omar Hersi confirmed flight 6J-711 landed on Galkayo's runway at 14:55L, blew both right hand tyres and veered off the runway coming to a stop off the runway with substantial damage. Metars are currently being collected and will be forwarded to The Aviation Herald, an investigation into the accident has been opened and is still in progress.
No Metars and no local weather data are currently available.
Galkayo Airport offers two runways 05L/23R and 05R/23L of 3010 meters/9860 feet length each.