An unidentified man was sucked out of a passenger jet at 14,000 feet after a suspected bomb blasted a hole through the side of the fuselage just five minutes after the Airbus A321 took off from Mogadishu.
Eyewitnesses claim the badly burned body of an elderly man fell to the earth about 15 miles away from the airport at the time of the blast.
AIrline officials claim two people were injured by the blast which punched a hole in the aluminum fuselage about six foot by three foot in size.
Investigators have reportedly found explosive residue at the site of the suspected bomb although no one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
The aircraft’s pilot Vladimir Vodopivec, 64, from Serbia said:
‘I think it was a bomb. Luckily, the flight controls were not damaged so I could return and land at the airport. Something like this has never happened in my flight career. We lost pressure in the cabin. Thank God it ended well.’
A source told CNN that initial tests have shown explosive residue indicating the aircraft may have been the victim of a suspected terrorist attack.