A blast that ripped a hole in a commercial airliner shortly after take-off from Somalia’s capital was probably caused by a bomb, aviation experts and the pilot who landed it safely said Wednesday.
The plane, operated by Daallo Airlines and flying from Mogadishu to Djibouti with 74 passengers, safely made an emergency landing on Tuesday.
Police said two people onboard were injured, while the government has said the blast was believed to be caused by an issue of air pressure.
The Serbian pilot has said he thought the blast, which ripped the fuselage from inside to out, had been an explosive device, according to reports in the Serbian newspaper Blic.
Pilot Vladimir Vodopivec, 64, told a friend he thought it was “a bomb”, without giving more details.
Photographs show a large hole — about a metre in diameter — just above the engines on the right wing, with streaks of soot on the plane.
Vodopivec added that the blast did not damage the navigation systems, and while cabin pressure was lost, he was able to guide the plane back safely to land at Mogadishu airport.
“Passengers were terrified,” said Abdiwahab Hassan, an airport official.
Aviation safety expert Xavier Tytelman said he compared images of the blast with photographs of previous explosions, and it had all the appearances of a bomb blast.
It was not caused by any issue of pressurisation, he said, for the blast ripped the metal outwards.
“The explosion occurred at the passenger level…it clearly comes from inside,” he told AFP, adding that at that part of the plane, there was no major engine or electrical device to spark such a blast.
“In addition, the metal is bent forward against the flow of air – it is not an issue of depressurisation,” he 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 people appeared fairly calm.
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However, Somalia’s deputy information minister Abdullahi Olad Roble, said it was not believed to be a bomb.
“Initial investigation results suggest that there was a lot of air inside the airplane after take off, and that air may have caused the explosion, fire erupted and several people were slightly injured,” he said.
“We have seen the plane… the aircraft doesn’t have any big problem.”
The plane “experienced an incident shortly after take-off,” operator Daallo Airlines said in a statement.
“The aircraft landed safely and all of our passengers were evacuated safely,” it added. “A thorough investigation is being conducted by Somalia Civil Aviation Authority.”
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.
Somaliland Head To Polls For Councillors And MPs On May 31, 2021 Last updated May 31, 2021
Voters in the self-proclaimed republic of Somaliland are heading to the polls on May, 31 to choose their member of parliament for the first time since 2005.
Somaliland broke off from mainland Somalia after the regime of Siad Barre in 1991.
The 5.2 Million citizens of Somaliland will be making yet another stab at global recognition as some 1.3 million voters head to the polls to choose 82 members of parliament and 247 local councils.
An election whose measure of democracy Somaliland hopes to use in its quest to certify its sovereignty.
Somaliland’s three political parties in the polls are opposition politicians Faisal Warabe’s UCID, Wadani led by another opposition leader Abdirahman Erye and President Muse Bihi Kulmiye party.
The elections is observed by over a hundred international observers including Uganda’s former opposition leader, Kizza Besigye and ex-president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Korma.
”Our visit to the headquarters of the Somaliland National Electoral Commission left us with a good impression about the Commission’s preparedness to conduct peaceful and credible elections,” said in a Twitter post.
The elections are taking place in six regions of Somaliland, namely Awdal, Sahil, Marodi-Jeeh, Toghdeer, Sanaag and Sool.
3 Somalia Regional States Say No To Farmaajo Term Extension.
The regional state leaders of Southwest, HirShabelle, and Galmudug allied with incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo have opposed to any form of extension on Tuesday evening.
In a joint statement Galmudug and HirShabelle called for dialogue based on 17 September pact.
“We agreed that the country should hold elections as soon as possible and that any form of extension should be abolished,” read part of the joint statement by HirShabelle and Galmudug.
Southwest leader Abdiaziz laftagaren also opposed the term extension of the President just an hour after Galmudug and HirShabelle released a joint statement.
The move by the three regional states allied to President was welcomed by Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble who also instructed the military commanders to pull back forces to their locations and barracks.
“I would like to welcome the press statements made by Galmudug and HirShabelle federal states, ” PM Roboe said in a statement.
“I call on the FMS states of Puntland and Jubaland and Benadir region to fully commit to a peaceful process in our efforts to hold free and inclusive election, ” he added.
United Nations, United Kingdom, United States and opposition leaders including former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud commended the move by the regional states.
“The UN in Somalia noting statements by Qoorqqor, Ali Gudlawe, PM Roble and others recalls int’l partners position: consensus is vital for any electoral process; only 17 September model can be endorsed by FGS and all FMS; all parties must reject violence and resume dialogue, ” the United Nations said.
The development comes as families in some parts of Mogadishu fleed from their residences and moved to other district followings clashes.
Somali Gov’t Warns Al-Shabaab & ISIS Will Capitalize On SNA Faction Clashes.
Somali National Security Minister Hassan Hundubey has warned opposition groups to be wary of “unknown elements” including Al-Shabaab and Daesh who might seek to use the current crisis to inflict harm to the public.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday said that the government may take action to confront people with the “behaviour of militias” who are taking advantage of the situation.
“The government has enough troops to take control of the city. It is Ramadan, but more actions need to be taken to prevent it.” mr. Hundebey said.
”The reason the prime minister called for dialogue is that the government does not want the fighting to affect the residence,” he added.
The remarks by the interior minister come hours after the international partners strongly condemned the outbreak of violence in the capital.
“We are alarmed especially by the emerging fragmentation of the Somali National Army along clan lines, which detracts from its primary task of combating Al Shabab and protecting the Somali population. Use of security forces for the pursuit of political objectives is unacceptable” the statement read in part.
As tensions increase in Mogadishu following Sunday clashes between government soldiers and those who were against President Farmaajo’s two years term extension.
Rooble Oo Xaliyay Khilaaf u Dhaxeeyay Mahdi Guuleed & Cabdi Xaashi.
Madaxweynaha Koonfur Galbeed Oo Kulan La Qaatay Wafdi Ka Socday Hay’adda Socdaalka
Qaybo ka mid ah Suuqa Bakaaraha oo Maanta xiran.
Diyaarad Sidday Ciidamo Oo Ka Degtay Garoonka Diyaaradaha Baladweyne.
Wasiirka Gaadiidka Koonfur Galbeed oo Xildhibaan loo Doortay.
Ciidamo Hubeysan Oo La Wareegay Qaybo Ka Mid Ah Magaalada Baledweyne
Sadax kursi oo kamid ah xildhibanada golaha shacabka oo muqdisho lagu dooranayo maanta
Ciidamada dowlada soomalia oo sakay xiray inta badan wadooyinka casimada
Qarax Khasaaro Gaystay Oo Ka Dhacay Gobalka Shabeellaha Dhexe.
Maxkamadda Ciidamada Oo Xukun Ku Riday Askari Dilay Askari Kale.
Wasiirka Arrimaha Dibadda oo la Kulmay Wafdi ka Socda Dowladda Faransiiska.
Soomaaliya Iyo Midowga Afrika Oo Isku Raacay Ciidamado Mas’uuliyadda Ammaanka Kala Wareega AMISOM.
Wasiirka Kalluumsiga Jubbaland oo loo doortay Xildhibaan Golaha Shacabka
Madaxweynaha Puntland Oo Kulan La Yeeshay Guddoomiyaha Guddiga Khilaafaadka.
Asad Cabdirisaaq Maxamed oo loo Dortay Kursi Golaha Shacabka.
Ciidanka Gor-Gor Oo Fuliyay Howlgal Lagu Dilay Xubno Ka Tirsan Al-shabaab.
Maxamed Sheekh Nuur Cismaan Oo Dooratay Xildhibaan.
Kursigii Koowaad Ee Golaha Shacabka Oo lagu Doortay Kismaayo.
Farmaajo Iyo Jeneraal Xuud Oo Kulan Ku Yeeshay Madaxtooyada Soomaaliaya.
Guddiga Doorashada Koonfur Galbeed Oo Qabanaya Doorashada Kuraas Hor Leh
Doorashada Kuraas Ka Tirsan Golaha Shacabka Oo Maanta Ka Dhaceysa Kismaayo
Wafdi Ka Socday Guddiga Xallinta Khilaafaadka Oo Gaaray Garoowe.
Xilliga la Qaban Doono Saddex Kursi oo Ka Mid ah Doorashada Gobolada Waqooyi oo la Shaaciyay.
Hey’addaha Ammaanka oo soo bandhigay Taleefan Nambar oo shacabka ka soo wici karaan
Saldhig cusub oo boolis oo maanta laga furay Garoonka Aadan Cadde (Daawo Sawirada)
Kulan ay isgu yimaadeen Golaha Odayaasha dhaqanka Qowmiyadda Beelaha Banaadiriga iyo Golaha Isbadal doon ka siyaasada banaadiriga ayaa waxa ay kasoosaareen war saxaafadeed
Yuusuf Maxamed Siyaad (Indha Cadde) oo ka hadlay sababaha keenay in al-shabaab puntland gaaraan
Maxkamadda Ciidamada Qalabka Sida oo 3 Ruux xukun ku riday
Baarlamaanka Somaliya, ayaa weli ku guda jira la xisaabtanka Xukuumadda Ra’iisul Wasaare Cumar C/rashiid Cali Sharmaake
Amp: Somaliya u fadhida Pakistan ayaa kulan la qaadatay wasiirada wax barashada iyo caafimaadka ee dalka Pakistan.
Maxamed Cabdi Afey ayaa sheegay in dadaal u geli doonaan sidii Maxkamadda caalamiga xafiis uga furan laheyd Soomaaliya
Golaha Aqalka Sare ee Dalaka Ayaa Canbaareeyey Falkii Ka Dhacay Guriga Cabdi qaybdiid
C/raxmaan C/shakuur “Waa in baaritaan madax banaan lagu sameeyo hantida laga dhacay Bankiga Dhexe”
Wasaaradda Owqaafta iyo Arrimaha Diinta ayaa Soo Saartay War Saxaafadeed ku wajahan Maamullada Masaajidda iyo Xarumaha Diinta
Somali President comfirms 180 Kenyan troops killed in el-Ade attack
United Nations, AMISOM, IGAD, EU and UK congratulate Ahmed Madobe on Presidential elections
Ra’iisul Wasaare Khayre oo kormeer ku tagey qaar kamid ah Xarumaha Wasaaradaha
Madaxweyne Xasan Sheekh oo Muqdisho ku soo laabtay
The African Union Commission rejects allegations of human rights violations by Amisom troops
Clarification on misquoting the President of Somalia on the casualties of El Adde attack
Zimbabwe’s new president Mnangagwa vows to ‘re-engage’ with world
Zimbabwe’s ruling party sacks Robert Mugabe as leader
Madaxweynayaasha Turkiga iyo Suudaan oo kala saxiixday Heshiisyo iskaashi
Dagaal yahanada Xuutiyiinta Yemen ayaa Gandaal ku Riday Caasimada Sacuudiga ee Riyadh
Madaxweyne Erdogan; “Israel waa Dal Argagaxiso ahna Dilaaga Carruurta.”
U.S. airstrike kills 4 al-Shabaab fighters
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