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Published on : Wednesday, February 3, 2016
According to the pilot, he thought it was a bomb and was assured by an aviation expert who saw the photographs of the hole in the fuselage and said the damage was consistent with an explosive device.
The airplane, operated by Daalo Airlines and flying from Mogadishu to Djibouti with around 60 passengers landed safely.
Two people were slightly injured as 74 passengers and crew of the plane were evacuated after the plane made a safe landing. Somali aviation official Ali Mohamoud said. It was not certain if all the passengers were accounted for.
Unverified reports said that a person fell out of the hole caused by the explosion and the dead body of the old man had been found by the residents.
Abdiwahab Hassan, an airport official said that he was terrified but could land the plane safely as the flight controls were not damaged.