One of Somalia’s first pilots, Mohamud Abdullahi Barre “Faytaan”, has passed away in the Somali capital Mogadishu aged 90, Radio Dalsan reports.
Mr Barre received his piloting licence in 1954 and was one of the first pilots to join the Somali Air Force.
He later became one of the founders of Somali Airlines, which ceased operations in 1991 – along with the country’s air force.
Both institutions disintegrated after the start of the country’s civil war, led by the dictator Mohamed Siyad Barre.
Turkey is currently training the first batch of Somali Air Force pilots since the 1991 collapse.
Author: Staff Writer