In the stuff of every nervous flyer’s nightmares, a passenger onboard an Airbus A321 in Somalia died after an explosion ripped a hole in the fuselage, sucking him out.
The plane had just left the Somali capital of Mogadishu when the incident occurred, slightly injuring two other passengers and forcing the plane to turn around and make an emergency landing.
The man’s body is believed to have landed in the Bal’ad district about 36 kilometres north of Mogadishu, where a local police officer confirmed residents had found the body of a 55-year-old man.
“He dropped when the explosion occurred in the plane,” a separate police officer said.
There’s mixed reports coming in about just what the hell caused the explosion.
Passengers on board say they heard a loud bang before a fire broke out. Daallo Airlines, who operated the flight, confirmed on Facebook that they had “experienced an incident.” Mohamed Hussein, an agent for Daallo Airlines, said that “a fire exploded and two passengers were slightly wounded.” Other reports are leading to an oxygen bottle (which usually catch fire instead of exploding) may be involved, while US government sources are apparently claiming that investigators believe it was a bomb.
Footage from inside the plane shows the 74 passengers and crew remaining surprisingly chill about the whole thing: