A burning man was reportedly sucked out of a hole in a plane apparently caused by a bomb, forcing the aircraft to make an emergency landing in Mogadishu on Tuesday.
An explosion and fire blew a gaping hole in the commercial airliner, with the pilot later saying he thought it was a bomb.
An aviation expert who looked at photographs of the hole in the fuselage said the damage was consistent with an explosive device.
Somali aviation official, Ali Mohamoud, said only two people were slightly injured as 74 passengers and crew of the plane were evacuated after the plane made a safe landing. Local radio reported the plane was on fire when it landed.
Awale Kullane, Somalia’s deputy ambassador to the UN 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.
Those people should be thanking God that they survived that. I don’t ever recall a bomb NOT taking down an entire plane. It seems like the bomb only killed the perpetrator. We will see what the investigation brings forth, but it looks like the ideal ending.