Explosion Rips Hole in Daallo Airlines Airplane Fuselage
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UPDATE: 12:20 p.m. ET, 2/5/2016
According to a new report from CNN.com, investigators have discovered a military grade of the explosive TNT which they believe was the cause of the explosion that ripped a hole in the side of a Daallo Airlines flight Tuesday.
UPDATE: 9:01 am ET, 2/3/2016
In an updated report from CNN.com, a source involved in the investigation is claiming that authorities in Somalia have confirmed one passenger was killed in the incident when they were sucked through the hole in the side of the plane caused by an explosion.
Somalia's National News Agency also confirmed a passenger died when they fell from the plane.
CNN is also reporting that initial tests of the aircraft found traces of explosive residue that would indicate this incident was a terrorist attack, but local officials have not confirmed, saying the investigation is still ongoing.
A Daallo Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday after an explosion reportedly ripped a hole in the side of the airplane, resulting in a fire onboard.
According to Sophie Evans of The Mirror, Daallo Airlines Flight D3159 had just taken off from Aden Adde International Airport in Raas Cabaad, Somalia, and was en route to Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport when the incident took place.
There were about 60 passengers onboard at the time, and they claim that around five minutes into the flight, a large explosion ripped through the side of the cabin wall, causing a fire and injuring three people in the process.
Even with fire and smoke filling the plane and a hole in the fuselage, the captain still managed to safely land the damaged aircraft at Aden Adde Airport. Somalia’s minister of air transport and civil aviation Ali Ahmed Jama told Bloomberg that an investigation is under way to determine the cause of the explosion.
Once on the ground, the plane was met by emergency crews and police, who were stunned to find a giant hole in the side of the plane. The damage was on the right side of the aircraft behind the R2 door. Injured passengers were treated by medical personnel and the others were removed from the plane.
Twitter user Aviatren shared three images of the Daallo Airlines aircraft following the incident:
Officials from Aden Adde Airport told local media that everyone on the plane survived the incident, but there have been conflicting reports. In a surprise wrinkle to the story, locals near the airport have reported seeing a severely burnt body falling from the sky.
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