What Happened To This Aircraft At 10,000 Feet Will Make You Stick To Taking Trains

FEBRUARY 6, 2016  —  By Mike Cahill  
Mike Cahill

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If you're making a list of the worst things that could happen during a flight, a hole being blown in the side of the airplane probably tops it. While it's an unlikely scenario, this is exactly what happened on a flight that was leaving Somalia's capital city of Mogadishu.

Shortly after liftoff, an explosion of unknown origin tore a hole in the side of the plane near the fuselage.

Shortly after liftoff, an explosion of unknown origin tore a hole in the side of the plane near the fuselage.

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Luckily, the plane was at a low enough altitude (about 10,000 feet) to make an emergency landing.

Luckily, the plane was at a low enough altitude (about 10,000 feet) to make an emergency landing.

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Initial news stories reported that at least one person was killed in the explosion, and two more were seriously injured. An official count of casualties, however, has still not been released by authorities.

Initial news stories reported that at least one person was killed in the explosion, and two more were seriously injured. An official count of casualties, however, has still not been released by authorities.

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What we do know is that the majority of the passengers escaped with no serious injuries.

What we do know is that the majority of the passengers escaped with no serious injuries.

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Even scarier than the pictures is this video that was taken shortly after the explosion. It was recorded by Awale Kullane, the U.N. Ambassador of Somalia.

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(via EuroNews)

Well, that is utterly terrifying. Needless to say, officials are still investigating the cause of the explosion. In the meantime, I suggest that you all pay attention to the in-flight safety demonstration the next time you travel.

 

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