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Terrorist Tries to Blow Up Plane During Final Approach

Terrorist Tries to Blow Up Plane During Final Approach

(AP Photo)

The AP via YellowBrix

December 26, 2009

WASHINGTON — – In what was described as an act of terrorism, a Nigerian passenger attempted to ignite an incendiary device Friday aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit as the plane began its approach for landing, federal officials said. The plane landed safely shortly before noon.

The suspected would-be bomber suffered burns as the result of his attempt, and two of the other 277 passengers reported minor injuries, authorities said. FBI agents were investigating the incident, which a White House official said was thought to be an attempted act of terrorism.

“He was trying to ignite some kind of incendiary device,” said a federal anti-terrorism official, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. “He lit himself on fire, and he’s suffered some burns.”

The official did not reveal the nature of the explosive device and said it was too early to say how potent or sophisticated it was. The passenger has been identified as a Nigerian who caught the flight in Amsterdam, the anti-terrorism official said.

The Northwest flight, on an Airbus 330, was operated by Delta Airlines and had Delta markings. The two companies merged in April 2008.

President Barack Obama was briefed on the Christmas Day incident during his vacation in Hawaii and was receiving regular updates.

A White House statement said the president conferred with John Brennan, his homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, and with Denis McDonough, acting chief of staff of the National Security Council, and had instructed that “all appropriate measures be taken to increase security for air travel.”

The Department of Homeland Security said passengers might see additional screening measures on domestic and international flights because of the incident and urged travelers to report any suspicious activity or behavior to law enforcement officials.

“We encourage those with future travel plans to stay in touch with their airline and to visit www.tsa.gov for updates,” the department said.

Syed Jafri, a U.S. citizen who had flown from the United Arab Emirates, said the incident occurred during the plane’s descent, according to the Associated Press. Jafri said he was seated three rows behind the other passenger and said he saw a glow and noticed the smell of smoke. Then “a young man behind me jumped on him.”

“Next thing you know, there was a lot of panic,” Jafri said.

Video Coverage of the Incident >>>


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  • Car6_max50

    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    Glad to hear the incident turned out well.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    tonymartin4536, had he been called "terrorist" would that have stopped him? Get real and stop the rhetoric. You would have faulted "Mr. President" no matter what happened. The shoe bomber got onto a plane during the reign of our last "Mr. President", and it was the passengers that brought him down. I don't remember hearing from you, Bro.

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    ERIC4536

    over 4 years ago

    534 Comments

    This story is wrong.
    Back in January of last year Mr. President did away with "Terrorist".
    His plan was to change the term to "Man Made Disaster. Thus we had no Terrorist act on his watch.
    Great job! Also we note that his head of Homeland Security said on CNN, ABC, & NBC that the system worked. I guess that means passengers are the ones to take down bombers. Great idea we just train passengers. Oh! yeah the suspects father had alerted everyone that his son was a terrorist to be. Had his father alerted the bank that he was overdrawn on his account the credit card companies would have traced his every move. Yeah the system worked?

  • United-states-flag_2026_67131939_max50

    TBL13x

    over 4 years ago

    846 Comments

    come on reallly???

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Stupid Criminals... Thank god he only hurt himself.

  • Vscndsign_max50

    CAREBEAR911

    over 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    Actually I had sort of been praying that evil people's ways would start backfiring on them instead of hurting anyone else. I'd like to see that more often!

  • Police_link_badge_max50

    HEYSARGE

    over 4 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Here we go again!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    America is still under attack. Helloooo Mr. President and the most inept admin. ever to grace our White House.!!

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    bklyn

    over 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    How did this jerk get on the plane with so much liquid explosives when i cant get on with more than 3.4 oz. of shampoo or soap ?
    Napalitano will get as many results in her new position as she did as gov. of arizona; = Nothing !

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    natasha74

    over 4 years ago

    604 Comments

    This is crazy!!! The Nigerian guy should go to his country and blow up his country instead of American's and there plane's. I think these terriorises are jealous of the freedom we have.. And sometime the terror is in our own back yard... So to speak!! Any way they should run a FBI check with every one that boards a plane ... Just to take precious

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Be vigilant brothers and sisters. Check out all nuts you have a gut feeling about. Never know when your'e gonna stop the next terrorist attack

  • Joker-as-police-man_max50

    APDSARGE

    over 4 years ago

    1064 Comments

    I guess it is difficult to get decent suicide recruits these days, Richard "dick" Reed and now this genius. How's your junk feel now, Sparky! On a serious note, not that any of us needed a wake up call, but for the majority of the sheep, I wonder if this will renew our focus on terror, or if it will be old news in a week and then it will ne back to socialistic healthcare 24/7

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    swatj10

    over 4 years ago

    760 Comments

    To the young man that jumped this terrorist douche bag "Gutsy Move." How in the hell he got through the TSA check point should be investigated

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    UNIT111D

    over 4 years ago

    478 Comments

    i agree with usa 24

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    CAREBEAR911

    over 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    I'm just happy to see U.S. Standing up for the U.S. and did something about it this time. It's not about what the terrorists use for a weapon it's how they try to use it. I wish I had been on one those planes on 9-11 after working for Costco. I am no longer afraid of a box cutter

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