Pilot After Emergency: Somali Airport has ‘Zero’ Security

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -

The Serbian pilot who landed a jetliner in Somalia with a large hole in its fuselage says he has never doubted that it was caused by a bomb and describes the security at Mogadishu Airport as “zero.”

After initially saying there was no sign of foul play, Somali officials admitted on Saturday that a suicide bomber is suspected to have set off the explosive inside the plane. The blast blew a male passenger out of the plane and forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing Tuesday in Somalia’s capital.

The pilot, Vlatko Vodopivec, blamed the incident on the lack of security at Mogadishu Airport, describing the facility as “chaotic.”

In an AP interview he said that Somali investigators initially tried to put the blame on his airline company.