The device was clearly designed to kill all on board but as the detonation seems to have been confined to a window area, although very serious, with one passenger being sucked out and killed (possibly the bomber) and two others seriously injured, the alleged bombers own body mass probably saved all on board, by temporarily plugging the fuselage hole, and crucially slowing down the rate of cabin depressurisation. The blast pattern would also have been channelled and partially contained by the upright seat backs.
This enabled the undamaged Airbus 321 aircraft multiple fly by wire (computer controlled) avionic systems to rapidly compensate, and trim the flight programs.
It also helped that the Airbus 321 was still climbing and had not reached its ultimate flight level. Admittedly this is all pure speculation and we have to await the outcome of any official investigation.
"It was a bomb that exploded in the Daallo Airlines flight. It was meant to kill all aboard," Transport Minister Ali Ahmed Jamac said. One passenger was sucked out of the plane and died, and two other passengers were injured.
The Djibouti-bound Airbus 321 was forced to make an emergency landing. No militant or terrorist group has so far claimed it was behind the explosion.
Daallo Airlines said an investigation was launched by Somalia's Civil Aviation Authority, as well as a technical team from the leased aircraft's owners and the manufacturers, Airbus Industries.
The Serbian captain Vlatko Vodopivec reported in a BBC interview that he was told the explosion was caused by a bomb. "It was my first bomb; I hope it will be the last,'' Mr Vodopivec said.
He said the blast happened when the plane was at around 11,000ft (3,350m). "It would have been much worse if we were higher," he added..
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