JOHANNESBURG – The cellphone video pans from passengers, some wearing oxygen masks, in seats toward the back of the airliner in flight, and then swivels to the empty front area with a hole in the side of the cabin, the result of an explosion soon after takeoff from Somalia's capital.
The passengers bunched in the back, likely instructed to sit far from the hole, appear calm. A child wearing an oxygen mask attached to the overhead compartment sits quietly, a blanket over his or her legs. Near the hole, oxygen masks dangle from overhead compartments, swaying in a light breeze.
There is a loud sound of rushing air throughout the video, which was taken by Awale Kullane, Somalia's deputy ambassador to the United Nations.