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    Somalia - Jet makes emergency landing after explosion blows hole in its hull

    A explosion rocked a commercial plane after it set off above East Africa on Tuesday, injuring two people before the pilot landed safely, a passenger said.

    Pictures from the ground showed a hole in one side of the Daallo Airlines plane, just above its wing and slightly smaller than one of its doors.

    Initial tests of the damage on Flight D3159 came back positive for explosive residue, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

    A spokesman for Somalia's Prime Minister didn't immediately indicate a bomb had gone off mid-flight, echoing a Daallo Airlines worker in saying "the incident is under investigation."

    "There is a lot of conflicting information," said the Prime Minister's spokesman, Abdisalam Aato.

    An airport official estimated the Daallo plane was between 12,000 and 14,000 feet high when the blast occurred not long after it took off from Mogadishu International Airport.

    The pilot then flew the aircraft, which had originated in Jeddah on Saudi Arabia's coast, back to the Somali capital.

    If this was a bomb, no group immediately took responsibility.

    Al-Shabaab has been behind some of the worst violence in recent years in and around Somalia. Some of it targeted tourists, such as last month's deadly attack on a beachside restaurant-hotel complex in Mogadishu. Young people also have been targets, as shown in the massacre at Kenya's Garissa University College. And the general public hasn't escaped the group's violence, as evidenced in a 2013 assault on an upscale mall in Nairobi.

    Yet this Islamist extremist group has recently gotten competition from ISIS, with a high-ranking Al-Shabaab member and spiritual leader pledging allegiance to the rival group last fall.

    Flights in and out of Mogadishu International Airport were suspended briefly Tuesday because of the Daallo Airlines incident.

    That airport is home to offices of the United Nations, African Union and many diplomatic missions, including those of the United States and European Union.

    Somalia jet explosion: 2 injured, hole left in plane - CNN.com

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    AV Herald is saying the cause is thought to have been an oxygen bottle.


    "The airline confirmed an explosion on board, the cause is under investigation, an oxygen bottle is being suspected. There were two injuries, one of them serious."
    Accident: Daallo A321 near Mogadishu on Feb 2nd 2016, explosion rips fuselage open


    CNN has a tendency to go overboard on aviation incidents.

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    it was a bomb, and strangely enough, turkish airlines which normally flies this route had cancelled their flights 2 days in a row, and the flight was operated by dallao.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    AV Herald is saying the cause is thought to have been an oxygen bottle.


    "The airline confirmed an explosion on board, the cause is under investigation, an oxygen bottle is being suspected. There were two injuries, one of them serious."
    Accident: Daallo A321 near Mogadishu on Feb 2nd 2016, explosion rips fuselage open


    CNN has a tendency to go overboard on aviation incidents.
    So do the Daily Mail...
    Eyewitnesses claim the badly burned body of an elderly man fell to earth about 15 miles away from Mogadishu airport.

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    Blast on Somalia airplane Tuesday 'was caused by bomb'



    Mogadishu (AFP) - A bomb caused the explosion that ripped a hole in the fuselage of a passenger plane shortly after it took off from Somalia's main airport on Tuesday, killing one person, the government said.

    The security forces have made several arrests in connection with the attack, Transport and Aviation Minister Ali Ahmed Jama told reporters in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday.

    The authorities had initially attributed the blast to sudden air decompression.

    "Additional investigations conducted by Somali and international experts have confirmed the explosion that occurred inside the Daallo Airlines (jet) was not a technical problem but was a bomb that was intended to destroy the plane and kill all passengers onboard," the minister said.

    The blast punched a one-metre (three-foot) hole in the side of the Airbus A321 about 15 minutes after it had taken off from Mogadishu heading for Djibouti.

    A passenger identified as Abdulahi Abdisalam was killed, probably after being propelled out of the aircraft in the explosion, investigators said.

    Another two out of around 60 passengers on board were slightly injured.

    The pilot, a 64-year-old Serb named Vladimir Vodopivec, told a friend that he was convinced the blast had been caused by a bomb, according to the Serbian daily Blic.

    The explosion did not damage the plane's navigation system, and this is what enabled the pilot to make the emergency landing, the report said.

    Video footage taken after the blast showed people having moved to the back of the plane with emergency oxygen masks dangling down as wind rushed around the main cabin, although most passengers appeared fairly calm.

    There has been no claim of responsibility yet for the attack.

    Daallo Airlines operates out of Djibouti, flying to destinations in the Horn of Africa and the Gulf.

    In another incident, three people were killed in a car bomb targeting an airport official in Mogadishu on Friday, police said, although it was not immediately clear if there was a link with the plane attack.

    Mogadishu airport is heavily fortified and adjoins the capital's main base of the African Union mission to Somalia, the 22,000-strong force backing the government in the battle against Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab insurgents.

    The insurgents have lost ground since being routed from Mogadishu in 2011 but continue to stage regular shooting and suicide attacks.

    On Saturday, Somali soldiers backed by African Union troops recaptured the key port of Merka from the Shebab, just one day after the Islamists swept into the city, the army and residents said.

    Blast on Somalia airplane Tuesday 'was caused by bomb'

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    Airport Staff, Airline Employees Detained Over Somali Plane Blast

    Somali authorities have detained at least five people for questioning about a midflight explosion aboard a passenger plane this week that killed one person and wounded two others, Somali intelligence sources said Saturday.

    At a news conference in Mogadishu, Somali Aviation Minister Ali Ahmed Jangali confirmed the arrests and said the explosion that ripped a hole in the side of the Daallo Airlines Airbus was caused by a bomb, not mechanical failure.

    A senior Somali security official told VOA that the FBI is helping Somalia with the investigation.

    The blast forced the pilot of Flight 159, bound for Djibouti with 74 passengers on board, to make an emergency landing about 15 minutes after takeoff from Mogadishu.

    "At least five people are being held. Two of them are suspected of assisting the suspected bomber," an official of the Somali Intelligence Agency told VOA.

    Mogadishu airport staff and Daallo employees were among those detained, and more arrests might be forthcoming, according to the official, who declined to be identified.

    Security camera video recordings showed suspicious activity by two airport baggage handlers and by members of the airline's staff, the government official said.

    The man who was killed was pulled out of the plane as the cabin depressurized, through the hole in the fuselage left by the bomb explosion. He was identified as Abdullahi Abdisalam Boorle.

    The aviation minister would not say whether Boorle was linked to the attack, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.

    Somalia’s former director of national intelligence, Ahmed Moallim Fiqi, told VOA earlier that the nature of the attack and evidence pointed to “a planned bomb attack" against the airliner.

    Airport Staff, Airline Employees Detained Over Somali Plane Blast

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    In the Saturdays Sun newspaper the esteemed columnist, the great Jeremy Clarkson wrote a piece on this, saying that it was a suicided Bomber who ended up only killing himself, Jeremy thinks that that was a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    In the Saturdays Sun newspaper the esteemed columnist, the great Jeremy Clarkson wrote a piece on this, saying that it was a suicided Bomber who ended up only killing himself, Jeremy thinks that that was a good thing.
    If he failed in his mission to bring the plane down killing all in it ,but only succeeded in killing himself I would have thought that would have been quite a normal reaction ,even for certain members of TD .

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    Quote Originally Posted by piwanoi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    In the Saturdays Sun newspaper the esteemed columnist, the great Jeremy Clarkson wrote a piece on this, saying that it was a suicided Bomber who ended up only killing himself, Jeremy thinks that that was a good thing.
    If he failed in his mission to bring the plane down killing all in it ,but only succeeded in killing himself I would have thought that would have been quite a normal reaction ,even for certain members of TD .
    I love a story with a happy ending. Besides if the moron had just waited until the plane was at 35,000 plus feet he probably would have succeeded.

    I hope his 72 virgins are all fat and ugly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    AV Herald is saying the cause is thought to have been an oxygen bottle.


    "The airline confirmed an explosion on board, the cause is under investigation, an oxygen bottle is being suspected. There were two injuries, one of them serious."
    Accident: Daallo A321 near Mogadishu on Feb 2nd 2016, explosion rips fuselage open


    CNN has a tendency to go overboard on aviation incidents.
    (Amended 8-2-16: Rare that Avherald is wrong, sorry.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    AV Herald is saying the cause is thought to have been an oxygen bottle.


    "The airline confirmed an explosion on board, the cause is under investigation, an oxygen bottle is being suspected. There were two injuries, one of them serious."
    Accident: Daallo A321 near Mogadishu on Feb 2nd 2016, explosion rips fuselage open


    CNN has a tendency to go overboard on aviation incidents.
    So do the Daily Mail...
    Eyewitnesses claim the badly burned body of an elderly man fell to earth about 15 miles away from Mogadishu airport.
    Oh well that settles it then ,if the Daily Mail and CNN said it was a bomb that caused the explosion in mid flight then of course it just cannot be true , and all those who say it was and very likely an Islamic plot are just Bigots , yeah sure

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    Last edited by piwanoi; 08-02-2016 at 08:41 PM.

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    Why are you blaming CNN? They are only reporting what they were given, you dumb shit.

    Somali intelligence officials say two airport workers handled a laptop containing a bomb that later exploded in a passenger plane.

    In a video made public on Sunday by officials...

    <snip>

    The employees then hand it over to a man who was killed when the laptop explosion blew a hole in the plane's fuselage, said Abdisalam Aato, a spokesman for the Somali Prime Minister.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Why are you blaming CNN? They are only reporting what they were given, you dumb shit.

    Somali intelligence officials say two airport workers handled a laptop containing a bomb that later exploded in a passenger plane.

    In a video made public on Sunday by officials...

    <snip>

    The employees then hand it over to a man who was killed when the laptop explosion blew a hole in the plane's fuselage, said Abdisalam Aato, a spokesman for the Somali Prime Minister.
    Sorry bout that H no need to get personal , I forgot to put the Sarcastic motif in I seem to have read quite a few posts that CNN are not to be trusted when they write articles that some TD members do not agree with

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    Quote Originally Posted by piwanoi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Why are you blaming CNN? They are only reporting what they were given, you dumb shit.

    Somali intelligence officials say two airport workers handled a laptop containing a bomb that later exploded in a passenger plane.

    In a video made public on Sunday by officials...

    <snip>

    The employees then hand it over to a man who was killed when the laptop explosion blew a hole in the plane's fuselage, said Abdisalam Aato, a spokesman for the Somali Prime Minister.
    Sorry bout that H no need to get personal , I forgot to put the Sarcastic motif in I seem to have read quite a few posts that CNN are not to be trusted when they write articles that some TD members do not agree with
    Then remember your emoticons next time, you dumb shit.


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    Two airport employees, whom have been arrested are seen handing something suspicious to the bombing suspect.

    Video is too long and in foreign language, the hand-off is at about 1 minute 10 seconds.



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