VIDEO: Man sucked from airliner after bomb explodes
Video has emerged of the aftermath of an explosion aboard an airliner that set one passenger on fire as he was sucked from the aircraft.
One passenger was sucked out of a Daallo Airlines jet at 14,000 feet after a suspected bomb blasted a hole through the side of the fuselage just five minutes after take off.
Harrowing footage of the aftermath of the explosion aboard the flight can be seen here.
According to other passengers on the plane, the man was on fire as he was sucked from the aircraft, which immediately began an emergency decent following the explosion.
The man’s badly burned body has reportedly been found about 15 miles away from Mogadishu airport.
Daallo Airlines officials have confirmed two passengers were hurt by the explosion, the cause of which is still being investigated.
The blast punched a six foot by three foot hole in the Airbus A321's fuselage, but the pilots were able to land the airliner safely without further incident.
“I think it was a bomb. Luckily, the flight controls were not damaged so I could return and land at the airport,” said the aircraft's pilot, Vladimir Vodopivec. “Something like this has never happened in my flight career. We lost pressure in the cabin. Thank god it ended well.'
A report by CNN said initial tests have shown explosive residue indicating the aircraft may have been the victim of a suspected terrorist attack, while aviation experts in the US have weighed in, pointing out that only a bomb or a catastrophic malfunction of the plane could cause such damage.
The explosion happened as the aircraft passed between 12,000 and 14,000, before it reached its cruising altitude, however, which experts say lessens the possibility that it was a failure of the fuselage.