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National Transportation Safety Board

Emergency landings after explosions, structural damage

A pilot who made an emergency landing in Somalia's capital after an explosion blew a hole through a jetliner says things would have been much worse had the blast occurred at a higher altitude. That's because it could have led to explosive decompression on the Daallo Airlines-operated plane, which might have caused more severe structural damage and would have forced a faster descent because of limited supplies of oxygen to the passengers. The pilot said the explosion Tuesday was believed to have been caused by a bomb, but investigators have reached no conclusions. One man was missing but the other 73 passengers got off safely after the Airbus 321 landed.

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