A Dallo Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Mogadishu with a big hole in its fuselage caused by an unknown explosion.
The plane was bound for Djibouti and had about 70 passengers on board. Two of the passengers were slightly injured. It has also been reported that a body allegedly fell out the plane when the explosion occurred. Confirming this is a report by Mohammed Hassan who is an officer in a nearby town claiming to have found the dead body of an old man who might have fallen out of a plane.
The pilot, Vladimir Vodopivec told bliconline that he thinks it was a bomb. When the explosion occurred, passengers began to panic and he returned to the airport.
“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,” the pilot said.
There are different speculations as to what caused the explosion from passengers and aviation experts. While some sources say a fire broke out after take off, a source told the BBC that it was a fuselage failure at 10,000ft. Some experts are claiming it was indeed a bomb, while proving other theories wrong.
It has not been officially confirmed what the real cause of the explosion was, but the Somali Minister of Transport, Ali Ahmed Jama implied that the situation was not a cause for panic and that investigations will show the cause of the explosion.
“We do not want to prejudge who is behind the explosion. For now I do not even know if it comes to a technical problem or a suicide attack. The biggest concern was to save the passengers and avoid a scenario to remain trapped in a burning plane,” the minister said.