Somalia probes ‘plane explosion’ after emergency landing


Somalia has launched an investigation after a commercial plane made an emergency landing with a gaping hole in its fuselage in the capital, Mogadishu.

There were fears that the hole in the Daalo Airlines flight, bound for Djibouti, was caused by a bomb.

Reports said a person fell out of the hole, which appeared shortly after the plane took off from Mogadishu airport on Tuesday.

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But Daalo Airlines says all 60 people on board have been accounted for.

Security officials say two passengers were hurt in the incident.

Some reports say a fire broke out shortly after take-off.

Darren Howe, who had a colleague on the plane, told the BBC that “it was not an explosion but a fuselage failure at 10,000ft”.

Daallo Airlines flies regularly from its base in Dubai to Somalia and Djibouti.

An aviation official told the Associated Press news agency that no evidence of a criminal act had so far been found.

Somalia is battling militant Islamist group al-Shabab that has been carrying out deadly attacks in its quest to establish an Islamic state.

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