Wednesday we reported on the explosion that occurred on a passenger plane en route from Mogadishu, Somalia to Djibouti. Turns out the explosion was in fact caused by a someone on the plane.
According to a diplomatic official in Somalia talking to the Wall Street Journal, the hole that ripped through the fuselage of the aircraft was caused by a suicide bomber who was subsequently sucked out of the hole caused by the blast.
The official said that the bomber entered the airport on a wheelchair and had to “bypass rigorous security screening in Mogadishu” before boarding the plane which he tried to take out of the sky 5 minutes into the flight.
Amazingly, no one but the bomber was hurt in the blast. However, “rigorous security screening in Mogadishu,” sounds like a joke. Who knew Somalia even had a government?
Here is footage from inside the airliner after the blast:
The man who died after being sucked out of a Somali passenger jet in midair on Monday appears to have been the person who detonated the bomb, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Citing a diplomatic source, the Journal’s Heidi Vogt writes that the man was able to “bypass rigorous security screening in Mogadishu” by arriving to the airport in a wheelchair. The source said the man was 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.