Passenger Sucked Out Of Plane After Midair Explosion – Update: Man Was A Suicide Bomber, Used Laptop To Hide Bomb In…
Damn, everyone else is very lucky.
Via NY Post:
A passenger was sucked out of a gaping hole in an airliner after an explosion from a possible bomb rocked the jet 10,000 feet over Somalia yesterday.
The charred remains of the tragic flier were discovered in a town north of Mogadishu after the blast forced the Daallo Airlines Airbus A321 to make an emergency landing in Mogadishu, according to CNN.
The explosion took place shortly after takeoff as the plane, en route to Djibouti was ascending to 30,000 feet.
When it landed back at Mogadishu International Airport, about 75 people were evacuated and there only two minor injuries among the remaining passengers.
As officials tried to account for all of the people on board, reports from a small town north of Mogadishu said a person may have been sucked from the jet in the apparent blast.
Update: Worst. Terrorist. Ever.
Via NY Post:
The suicide bomber who was sucked to his death from an airliner over Somalia may have hidden a bomb inside a laptop computer, according to a report.
The explosive contained military-grade TNT, CNN reported, citing a source familiar with the investigation.
Meanwhile, Somali and international investigators have confirmed that the man ejected from the Daallo Airlines Airbus A321 was the suicide bomber, an official briefed on the probe told The Wall Street Journal.
Authorities have identified the man as Abdullahi Abdisalam Borle, 55, from the breakaway region of Somaliland in northern Somalia.
He used a wheelchair to circumvent security measures at the Mogadishu airport, the Journal reported.
A security officer at the airport said the wheelchair-bound man did not appear suspicious, just sick.
“He seemed like someone ill, and as officers we usually help elderly people with those wheelchairs when they come to get to flights,” Saida Bare said. “He was a quiet man and nothing seemed wrong there until the flight took off.”
The explosion blew a hole in the fuselage of the Djibouti-bound plane and forced the pilot to return to the Somali capital for an emergency landing. Two people were injured.
On Friday, an official told the Journal that TNT residue had been found on the man’s remains, which landed near the town of Balad, 20 miles from Mogadishu.