UI Airbus A321-111 SX-BHS,
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Date:Tuesday 2 February 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic A321 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A321-111
Owner/operator:Daallo Airlines
Registration: SX-BHS
MSN: 642
Year of manufacture:1997
Engine model:CFMI CFM56-5B1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 81
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Mogadishu International Airport (MGQ) -   Somalia
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Mogadishu International Airport (MGQ/HCMM)
Destination airport:Djibouti-Ambouli Airport (JIB/HDAM)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
An Airbus A321-111, operating Daallo Airlines flight D3 159, suffered an in-flight explosion about 15 minutes after takeoff from Mogadishu Airport, Somalia when the aircraft was at about 12,000 feet. The explosion occurred on the right hand side of the aircraft, just behind the R2 door, at or around seat 16F. A large hole was blown in the fuselage and one passenger fell out of the aircraft and was killed. Two other passengers were injured.
The aircraft returned to Mogadishu where it landed safely at 08:53 UTC (11:53 hours local time).

An investigation revealed that the 55-year old passenger that was killed, was booked on Turkish Airlines flight TK689, which routes to Djibouti and Istanbul, Turkey. Somali intelligence officials say two airport workers handled a laptop believed to have contained a bomb that later exploded in a passenger plane. They handed over the laptop to the passenger that was killed.
Flight TK689 is scheduled to depart Mogadishu at 10:25 hours local time with a two-hour flying time to Djibouti. Flight D3159 departed about 11:30 hours.
On February 1 and 2 Turkish Airlines cancelled the return leg between Djibouti to Mogadishu. No known flights on this leg are known to have occurred in the 5 days after the attack. Airbus A320-232 TC-JBI was the aircraft that was scheduled to operate the February 2 flight.
The aircraft was ferried to Amman via Jeddah at low altitude (max FL120) on August 9, 2016 and stored there.

In May 2016 a military court in Somalia sentence ten people involved in the bombing.


Goobjoog News
Horseed Media
Daallo Airlines statement
Somaliland Monitor

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
29 March 2013 SX-BHS Air Méditerranée 0 Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS) min



photo (c) Aviation Safety Network; Mogadishu International Airport (MGQ)

photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Rhodes/Paradisi-Diagoras Airport (RHO/LGRP); August 2013

photo (c) Miklos SZABO; Singapore-Changi International Airport (SIN/WSSS); 05 December 2010

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