Passenger may have fallen from commercial jet after gaping hole opens above wing

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A man's body turned up miles away from an airport in Somalia's capital city, and police say he may have fallen from a passenger jet that had caught fire Tuesday. People on the aircraft reported hearing a loud bang. "I don't know if it was a bomb or an electric shock," passenger Mohamed Ali said.

Photos taken after the landing showed a gaping hole above the jet's wing. The aircraft made an emergency landing at Mogadishu's international airport minutes after it took off. The plane, operated by Daallo Airlines, was headed to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, according to Somali aviation official Ali Mohamoud.

He said two passengers were slightly injured and 74 passengers and crew of the plane were evacuated after the plane made a safe landing. He gave no more details, and couldn't confirm reports that an explosion may have triggered the fire.

Residents in Balad, an agricultural town roughly 18 miles north of Mogadishu, spotted the body, police officer Mohamed Hassan reported. Somalia faces an insurgency perpetrated by the Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which is responsible for many deadly attacks across the nation.

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