Horror as burning passenger is sucked to his death after mystery explosion rips open ragged hole in jet’s fuselage at 14,000 feet
- Daallo Airlines Flight D3159 was en route to Djibouti from Somalia
- Just five minutes after take-off an explosion blasted a hole in the fuselage
- Eyewitnesses claim a badly-burned body fell from the Airbus A321 aircraft
- Residents of town 18 miles from Mogadishu found the body of an old man
- Somalia is facing a terrorist uprising by Islamic group Al Shabaab
A passenger was sucked out of a plane at 14,000 feet after a suspected bomb blasted a hole through the side of the fuselage just five minutes after take off.
Eyewitnesses claim the badly burned body of an elderly man fell to earth about 15 miles away from Mogadishu airport.
Airline officials claim two people were hurt in the blast, which punched a six foot by three foot hole in the Airbus A321’s fuselage yesterday.
There are unconfirmed reports that one of those injured is an elderly Finnish man, who is now in a stable condition at a hospital in Mogadishu.
The Daallo Airlines flight from Mogadishu to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa was still able to land safely in Somalia.
The aircraft’s pilot Vladimir Vodopivec, 64, from Serbia said: ‘I think it was a bomb. Luckily, the flight controls were not damaged so I could return and land at the airport. Something like this has never happened in my flight career. We lost pressure in the cabin. Thank god it ended well.’
A source told CNN that initial tests have shown explosive residue indicating the aircraft may have been the victim of a suspected terrorist attack.
The explosion happened as the aircraft passed between 12,000 and 14,000, before it reached its cruising altitude.
Awale Kullane, Somalia’s alternate ambassador to the U.N. who was on board the flight, said on Facebook that he ‘heard a loud noise and couldn’t see anything but smoke for a few seconds’.
When visibility returned they realised ‘quite a chunk’ of the plane was missing, he wrote.
Kullane, who was going to Djibouti to attend a conference for diplomats, also posted video showing some passengers putting on oxygen masks inside the plane.
Another passenger, Mohamed Ali, told The
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