First Somali pilot Mohamed Faytaan passes on in Mogadishu

Abdullahi Faytaan during his heydays as a pilot for Somalia Airlines. File Photo: courtesy

Veteran Somali pilot who was the first to fly Somali airlines Mohamed Abdullahi Barre has passed on in Mogadishu.

Popularly known as Faytaan, Barre was also one of the founding members of the Somali Air force after attaining his aviation license in 1954.

Barre first took to the air from Egypt to Somalia and went on to be one of the finest military pilots before flying civilian planes.

He worked as a pilot for Somalia Airlines from 1964 to 1990.


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