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Blast Forced Somali Emergency Landing
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Blast Forced Somali Emergency Landing

A man was killed in an explosion on an Airbus A321 that made a hole in the fuselage and forced the plane to return to the Somali capital of Mogadishu to make an emergency landing, officials said on Wednesday. Somalia’s civil aviation director, Abdiwahid Omar, told the state radio website that a person was missing after the Daallo Airlines plane landed on Tuesday and the body had been found, Reuters reported. “The investigation goes on,” Omar said, without mentioning any explosion or what had forced the plane to return except to say there was a “sudden defect” reported by the captain. Local authorities in the Balcad area, about 30 km north of Mogadishu, said the body of the man, believed to have been sucked out of the plane, was found in the area. Daallo Airlines said on its Facebook page on Tuesday that the plane, operated by Hermes Airlines, took off from Mogadishu and was bound for Djibouti with 74 passengers who were evacuated safely. The airline had no immediate additional comment.

 

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