Somaliland says instructions from Somalia risked collision of two planes

Qatar Airways

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Instructions from Somalia’s civil aviation authority risked the collision of two planes operated by Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways, Somaliland diplomat said amid an escalating row between authorities in Hargeisa and Mogadishu over who should control the Somali airspace.

“Somalia Aviation ordered Qatar Airways to fly 40,000f while already Ethiopia Airways is flying 39000ft. But traffic collision avoidance systems alarmed,” Somaliland representative to Kenya Mohamed Barawani tweeted.

“This is very alarming and dangerous that Somalia’s Aviation Authority is risking international flights,” he added.

Somalia’s civil aviation authority has not yet responded to the allegations, but Mogadishu earlier accused authorities of the break-away region of engaging in attempts to disrupt flights over the country’s airspace with the help of an unnamed foreign nation.

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