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Somalia imposes flight ban for Antonov turboprops

Mogadishu - The Somalian Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) halted the flights of various Antonov turboprops from March 15.

According to the directive issued by SCAA, the aircraft that are subject to the flight ban are respectively all turboprops from the An-24, An-26, An-32, and An-12 series.

In its directive, the Somalian civil aviation regulator said that the decision was taken due to the lack of the certified maintenance facilities capable of serving the above-mentioned aircraft types.

SCAA also attributed its decision to the lack of TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System) and unacceptable noise certifications of these planes that do not comply with the Somalian regulations.

The ban would also affect some aircraft that are operated by humanitarian organizations and the African Union mission in Somalia.