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Recovered a ransom payment from a plane crash in Somalia

On 11 July 2023, an Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia operated by Halla Airlines on a domestic flight from Garowe to Mogadishu crashed while landing on Runway 05 at Aden Adde International Airport.

All 34 occupants survived the crash, with 2 passengers sustaining minor injuries.

Inherent Risks was activated by a London based, special risks underwriter, to assist a deployed Response Consultant who was onboard the plane when it crashed.

The complexity of this task was increased significantly when it came to light that the Response Consultant had been transporting a holdall with a ransom payment which had been stowed in the overhead cabin above the Consultant's seat.

The Inherent Risks' Emergency Response Team were able to rapidly deploy a local asset to the scene of the plane crash, locate the Response Consultant, and ensured he was transported to a local network hospital for a medical assesment.

The scene of the accident was cordoned off for investigation. In that time, no items were permitted for removal from the crashed plane.

Inherent Risks deployed two local assets to the cordon where they provided 24/7 surveillance, reporting regularly on the progress of the investigation.

During this incident, Inherent Risks was then asked to formulate a resilience plan to deliver a substitute ransom payment, to a specific location, on-time, so as not to negatively affect the outcome of an ongoing kidnap case.

63-hours after the accident, at the moment when baggage and personal belongings were permitted to be removed from the aircraft, our local assets were able to negotiate entry into the cordon to identify and successfully claim the holdall.

Our team then arranged further travel for both the Consultant and recovered ransom payment to the United Kingdom.


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