Passenger Reportedly Tried To Blow Up Plane Preparing to Land in Detroit
December 25, 2009
(ChattahBox) – Once again a terrorist perhaps connected to Al Qaeda, allegedly attempted to bring down a plane, this time with 278 passengers on board. A 23-year-old, identified as Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab of Nigeria on a Delta-Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit allegedly tried to ignite a powdery substance as the plane neared its destination on Friday in an effort to blow up the aircraft. Initial reports were that fireworks or firecrackers had gone off on the plane. But a senior White House official called it an attempted act of terrorism.
According to a Delta spokesman, Abdulmutallab was immediately restrained when he tried to ignite the device by other passengers, which resulted in second-degree burns for him and injuries for two others. Northwest Airlines flight 253 landed safely in Detroit at 11:53 a.m. and Abdulmutallab was taken into custody. The suspect is being held at Detroit Metro airport and the FBI is interviewing him, along with others on board. Abdulmutallab is not on the government’s no-fly list, but has been in a law enforcement-intelligence database. The suspect told authorities the substance, which he said he acquired in Yemen, was taped to his leg and that he had used a syringe of chemicals to combine with the powder to cause an explosion, consistent with terrorist techniques. Abdulmutallab reportedly claimed Al Qaeda instructed him to cause an explosion on the flight from Amsterdam once over U.S. soil. However, officials are regarding that claim with great caution and will be investigating any ties thoroughly.
Source: ABC News