UPDATE: A man who was reportedly ejected from a Somali airplane on Monday after an unexpected explosion ripped a hole through the side of the aircraft has been identified as a suicide bomber, Gawker reports.
It appears that he was the one who detonated a bomb that caused the explosion, which was initially believed to be a result of fuselage failure or an oxygen tank explosion.
The man was able to “bypass rigorous security screening in Mogadishu” by arriving to the airport in a wheelchair, according to The Wall Street Journal. The man was reportedly loaded onto the plane in the wheelchair and then moved to a regular seat. Five minutes after takeoff he then would have detonated the bomb and been pulled through the resultant hole in the fuselage.
His "attack," however, only resulted in his own death with two others sustaining non-life-threatening injuries.
A passenger plane had to make an emergency landing in Somalia after an explosion blew a gaping hole in the side of the aircraft.
According to officials, two people were hurt in the incident which occurred onboard a Dijbouti-bound Daallo Airlines flight on Tuesday.
Mashable reports that at least one other man was blown out of the plane.
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An airport official reportedly estimated the Daallo plane was between 12,000 and 14,000 feet high when the blast happened shortly after it took off from Mogadishu International Airport — which is home to offices of the United Nations, African Union and many diplomatic missions, including those of the United States and European Union.
Photos of the hole located just above the plane’s wing began circulating the internet just after the pilot pulled off a safe landing.
"I don't know if it was a bomb or an electric shock, but we heard a bang inside the plane," passenger Mohamed Ali reportedly said, adding he couldn’t confirm reports that passengers had fallen from the plane.
An investigation is underway, according to Somali officials. Some reasons thought to have caused the blast include possible fuselage failure or an oxygen tank explosion.
Foul play wasn’t originally suspected, however, initial tests from the aircraft “came back positive for explosive residue,” according to CNN.
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