Jet explosion Somalia

Burning man is sucked out of plane at 14,000ft after explosion rips open the fuselage

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.

  • useless opinion

    Was the bomb in the old bastard’s underwear?

    • He must have had tough undies.

    • dance…dancetotheradio


      • Clausewitz

        Lol, took a minute but I see what you did there.

    • John

      He was known as ‘Crusty Shorts’ Mohammed.

  • Ho Hum

    Lucky for the passengers he detonated the bomb at only 13,000 ft. Had it been detonated at cruising elevation the entire aircraft would have blown apart.

    • It seems a near thing.

    • Exile1981

      timer went off early.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        …or the plane took off late.

        • Exile1981

          Very good point.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      How much do you want to bet that the airline’s or airport’s lackadaisical attitude toward their own departure schedule is likely what saved that plane.
      I bet the bomber set the timer for departure time plus 45-minutes and the plane took off late because it’s operating out of an airport with less oversight than the community pool at your nearest condo complex.

      What a sucky way to die (while you are getting sucked out of an airplane at 13,000 feet), unless the dead man is our bomber, then how beautifully poetic.

      • Ho Hum

        It could be related to a late departure. I wonder if a cell phone was used to trigger the detonator which would require that the terrorists detonate the bomb while the plane was still within cell phone range. Above 10,000 ft reception drops off.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          It’s tough to tell exactly what happened but a cell phone flying in a plane at 13,000 feet moving a few hundred miles an hour and encased inside a metal fuselage is unlikely to work on command.
          This was either a bomb on a timer stuffed under the seat by a previous passenger that got off in Mogadishu (or ground crew that would have access to the cabin) or our bomber was the burning dead guy that was sucked out the hole made by the blast.
          I’m tending to think it was the latter, as an incomplete detonation followed by lots of fire and heat is a hallmark the very type of bomb that the underwear bomber tried to use.
          Depending on how you mix the self detonating mixture, if you do it wrong or do it too slow, you just create a very hot fire, and not so much of a blast.
          I’m pretty confidant in saying this was done by al Shabaab.

          • Or maybe it’s a variation on the old theme- How much more Of that flaming ‘splody juice can you get into an “adult diaper”? Are grannies and grampies all over the world going to be strip searched from now on?
            One can only imagine the scene that took place here:
            Elderly Man: “I’ve always wanted to fly in an airplane, but are you sure this is necessary?”
            Terrorist: “listen old fella, if you want a ride on the airplane you have to wear these special flying panties! Now put ’em on! Allahhu Akbar!

      • Ho Hum

        CNN is just reporting that the aircraft was one hour late for take-off so it looks like you were right!

      • canminuteman

        My money is on the dead man being the bomber.

    • Minicapt
  • El Martyachi
    • dance…dancetotheradio

      You beat me to it.

      • David Murrell

        That was a great TZ episode eh?

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Last summer I downloaded all of the Twilight Zone episodes and discovered there were quite a few that I had never seen before.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Mogadishu actually still enjoys regular air traffic? How many of you would ever get on a plane that you KNEW had been at Migadishu airport?

    • Exile1981

      not me.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Sometimes, I had to. It was the other side of the “not being a wage slave” coin. Because I was self-employed, I was sometimes required to stop in at Islamic hellholes for limited periods of time. I always “padded” those billings because I so hated going to those places.

        Mercifully, Somalia was never among the places I went. But I know a chap who did, and his stories about it made Egypt look like NYC.

        • Exile1981

          I was offered work in Saudi Arabia right on the botder with iraqi just before christmas.

  • BillyHW

    Why do we give cavemen airplanes?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Every once in a while you hit one out of the park.

  • lolwut?
  • Xavier

    Experimental art community in shock.

  • ntt1

    Sounds like another Darwinian mixture of inherent stupidity and appears the bomb just reverted to a thermite like substance after it initially blew a small
    Hole,Then lit him up like a halal Roman candle.
    Let’s hope he had time to ponder his fate while dropping all that way on fire.