Somali jet makes emergency landing after onboard explosion

A passenger plane has made an emergency landing in Somalia's capital with a gaping hole in its fuselage.

Daallo Airlines Explosion

According to BBC, the hole in the plane's side appeared shortly after take-off from Mogadishu at 10,000ft (3,048m), a colleague of one of the passengers.

The Daallo Airlines flight, bound for Djibouti, was carrying about 60 people on board, a police officer at the scene told the Bloomberg news agency.

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

Somalia's ambassador to the UN Awale Kullane was onboard the plane, and posted a video on Facebook of passengers sitting calmly while oxygen masks hung from overhead.

"Onboard Jubba/Daalo Airlines this morning, while it was on air for a few minutes we just heard a loud noise and couldn't see anything but smoke for a few seconds, when visibility returned we realised quite a chunk of the plane [was] missing," he posted.

Somalia's Minister for Air Transport, Ali Ahmed Jama said an investigation was launched into the cause of the fire.

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

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