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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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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    10918 Comments

    The old ways of fighting are no longer effective. The powers-that-be don't understand that fact. We, as a country, are facing fanatical enemies that think nothing of sacraficing themselves "for the greater good" in order to achieve their goals. Preemptive actions are now the order of the day. Responding to incidents and tragedies is old-school thinking that can't stop ANYTHING !! It's a new day, and new ways need to be used for the future.

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    CSP067

    over 4 years ago

    504 Comments

    How fortunate for us that these guys are really imbeciles. When they start recruiting more capable idiots, we are in big trouble. But the liberal left will continue to advocate for this element until we see more loss of innocent life and erosion of our society.

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    Dutch101

    over 4 years ago

    1654 Comments

    "Then “a young man behind me jumped on him.” This man was Jasper Schuringa a dutchman how safe the people in the plane.

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    usa_24

    over 4 years ago

    5022 Comments

    That idiot should have been taken off in a body bag.

  • Chris_and_i_in_uniform_max50

    JP503

    over 4 years ago

    7620 Comments

    To bad he didn't die. We need to start killing these people before they kill more innocent people.

  • Draped_badge_max50

    184retired

    over 4 years ago

    3804 Comments

    The bombs are in the country, the cells are in the country, they are waiting to see what Obama does...Is it gonna be a Clinton and sit there and take it or is it going to be a Bush and go over and start bombing...If he plays it like Clinton we are in for it bigtime...When they start hitting the places that hurt the most (the schools) then what? or a mall ? You can't fight a politically correct war it is a waste the lives of our soldiers and just plain stupid...We ought to be over there on the boarder just bombing the crap out of everything...Obama better step up to the plate but he won't his ties to the Muslim world are too tight...What we need in 2010 is to send the message and vote out most of congress...And make term limits....Then in 2012 get someone with stones in there again....I can't believe what this once great country has come down to...

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    bleu1240

    over 4 years ago

    312 Comments

    So watch when the back seat quarterbacks get thru with this. We will not be able to do nothing other than watch the wall paper peel on the plane. I flew thru Amsterdam airport last year. The secuirty crew who checked us in just did not seem to have their heart in the job. This was after going thru customs and then the final check at the gate. When will someone get it.

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    Retleo

    over 4 years ago

    5524 Comments

    This little TURD already has a court appointed lawyer......amazing! they should have carried his sorry ass off that aircraft in a body-bag! Time to stop with the political correctness and give these cretins what they have been giving to us.....no mercy, no quarter!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    when obama get thru with his socialized govt' fun healthcare for all. than maybe he can get beyound himself long enough to realize WE ARE AT WAR. where have you people been??? What will it take to make some up there In Washington realize that peace comes thru STRENGTH and TALK IS STILL NOT ONLY CHEAP BUT WEAKENS YOU IN THE EYES OF YOUR ADVERSARIES!! I STILL AM WAITING FOR THE NEXT SHOE TO DROP BEFORE WE REMEMBER 9-11 WAS JUST A DRESS REHERSAL!! Start wit firing Eric Holder US Atty Genl. and kick Harry Reids butt from here to Las wages and send a few others packing. America is in desperate need of leadership that is vital to America's interest and truly cares for every American and is willing to forgo careers and the American Taxpayers keeping them up for the rest of their days while the nation continues on a downwarad spiral towards Armegadon unless we can unite and stand with boldness and courage to quell the seige of America under the guise of a few pithy and arrogant, politically correct jackels who are ruining this country.

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    erosson27

    over 4 years ago

    442 Comments

    What does Roll over Obama plan to charge this guy with, smoking on an airline. This law and order approach to terrorism did not work when Clinton was in office; and its going to get people killed like what happened in 9-11.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Update:

    The probe now extends all the way to his apartment in London, England.

    http://policelink.monster.com/news/articles/129308-police-search-lo...

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    His own father went to the U.S. embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, to "express concerns about his son"...

    http://policelink.monster.com/news/articles/129304-nigeria-banker-f...

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    It's gonna get worse before it gets better. Bin Laden said that the Beslan Russia school attack was a dress rehearsal for America. We best realize this IS a war on terror and start handling it accordingly and stop arrresting terrorists (war criminals) on the battlefield, giving them Geneva Convantion Protection (they aren't unifiormed soldiers deserving of such) and we need to stop reading them rights and sending them to court in the US. Prisoners I handled in Iraq smugly told me in 04 that we would lose b/c they would use our legal system to defeat us. Hmmm....

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    Lawful_Blue

    over 4 years ago

    1184 Comments

    Sigh, what to say.............

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    184retired

    over 4 years ago

    3804 Comments

    So in other words "FP" the airlones are no longer checking the lists...This is total BS thanks for the info.

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