ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Somalia (Security threat level – 5): At approximately 1130 local time (0830 UTC) on 18 July 2022, a domestic flight carrying 36 passengers and crew members crash-landed at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport (HCMM/MGQ). The Fokker 50 aircraft, with registration 5Y-JXN, flipped over upon impact and caught fire. All 36 people on board safely disembarked the aircraft without any significant injuries. Emergency crews responding to the incident extinguished the fire. The aircraft, operated by Jubba Airways, originated at Baidoa Airport (HCBM/BIB). The airport was shut down for approximately 90 minutes following the crash-landing. Most inbound flights were diverted to Baidoa. The Somali Civil Aviation Authority has launched a probe to determine the cause of the crash.
China (Security threat level – 4): On 18 July 2022, municipal officials in Shanghai announced that mandatory COVID-19 testing will take place in nine districts — including Baoshan, Changning, Hongkou, Huangpu, Jing’an, Minhang, Putuo, Xuhui, and Yangpu — from 19-21 July due to an increase in positive coronavirus cases. Residents of the aforementioned districts will be required to complete two coronavirus tests before 21 July, and a 24-hour negative PCR test is required to leave residential communities, businesses and other venues during the screening period. The announcement follows 390 new COVID-19 cases reported on 17 July and is a part of the Chinese government’s “Zero COVID” policy, which seeks to preemptively prevent significant outbreaks.
China (Security threat level – 4): On 16 July 2022, authorities in the Macau special administrative region extended the ongoing citywide lockdown through 22 July due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. The lockdown was initially implemented on 11 July and was expected to conclude on 18 July. The lockdown requires that all nonessential businesses remain closed, and all residents remain at home in order to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.
India (Security threat level – 3): On 17 July 2022, police officers deployed tear gas during a clash with demonstrators in the Kallakurichi district of the southern Tamil Nadu state. Protests have been ongoing in the area since 13 July, following the death of a high school student allegedly due to abuse committed by teachers. Protesters breached security barricades and threw stones, glass bottles and other projectiles at security personnel. Approximately 15 vehicles and several other properties were set on fire in the area. According to local authorities, at least 20 police officers were injured in the violence. Authorities arrested approximately 70 demonstrators.
Sri Lanka (Security threat level – 3): At approximately 0700 local time (0130 UTC) on 18 July 2022, interim President Ranil Wickremesinghe declared a nationwide state of emergency effective immediately amid continued protests throughout the country calling for the president’s resignation. The state of emergency allows the president to authorize the detention of any citizen and to change or suspend any laws. It also gives police officers authority to search any premises. The latest emergency declaration follows a separate state of emergency declaration implemented on 13 July in response to a spike in unrest after former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country without officially resigning from office.
Greece (Security threat level – 2): Shortly before 2300 local time (2000 UTC) on 16 July 2022, a cargo aircraft transporting military munitions crashed into a field between the villages of Antiphilippi and Paleochori, located approximately 40 km (25 mi) west of Kavala International Airport (LGKV/KVA) in northern Greece. The Antonov An-12 aircraft reportedly caught fire mid-flight; the pilot had reported an issue with one of the aircraft’s engines to air traffic controllers and attempted an emergency landing at the airport before the crash. Upon impact, the aircraft’s fuselage scraped the ground for approximately 170 m (190 yds) and fragmented into pieces. Intermittent explosions occurred at the site for about two hours following the crash. All eight people on board were killed in the crash. Greek officials recovered the bodies on 17 July. The flight, operated by the Ukrainian cargo carrier Meridian, was traveling to Dhaka, Bangladesh, from the Serbian city of Nis and had a scheduled stopover in Amman, Jordan. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash.
United States (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 1200 local time (1900 UTC) on 17 July 2022, a Piper PA-46 aircraft collided with a Cessna 172 aircraft at North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT/VGT) in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to local reports, the collision occurred as the Piper PA-46 aircraft was preparing to land; the Piper PA-46 crashed into a field located east of Runway 30, while the Cessna 172 crashed into a nearby water retention pond. Each aircraft had two passengers on board at the time of the event. All four people were killed in the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.
United States (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 2100 local time on 15 July 2022 (0400 UTC on 16 July), the international terminal of California’s San Francisco International Airport (KSFO/SFO) was evacuated due to a bomb threat. Local authorities later confirmed that a suspect was taken into custody in relation to the discovery of a suspicious package that was “possibly incendiary.” The San Francisco International Airport Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train station was also temporarily closed due to the incident. The international terminal reopened at 0100 local time on 16 July.