A burning man was sucked out of a passenger jet at 14,000ft after a suspected bomb blasted a hole through the side of the fuselage just five minutes after the plane took off from Mogadishu.
Eyewitnesses claim the badly burned body of an elderly man fell to the earth about 15 miles away from the airport at the time of the blast. The airline officials claims two people were injured by the blast.
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.
One of the passengers, Awale Kullane, Somalia’s alternate ambassador to the United Nations, said on Facebook that he ‘heard a loud noise and couldn’t see anything but smoke for a few seconds’. He wrote, ‘When visibility returned they realised ‘quite a chunk’ of the plane was missing’.
Another passenger, Mohamed Ali, told The Associated Press they heard a bang before flames opened a gaping hole in the plane’s side. ‘I don’t know if it was a bomb or an electric shock, but we heard a bang inside the plane,’ he said, adding he could not confirm reports that passengers had fallen from the plane.
Source: Daily Mail UK