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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.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Update:

    Now it appears this trash WAS ALREADY IN A LIST OF 550,000 TERRORISTS...
    He may be the son of "prominent" Nigerian Banker...

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

  • Pug_max600_max50

    DALLASCRANE

    over 4 years ago

    19386 Comments

    A change toTSA regulations and we are safe once again, Right Mr. President? When a terrorist's life means nothing to him or his handlers, there can be no Peace or negotiations. The cancer will continue to check America's immune system for weakness.

  • Draped_badge_max50

    184retired

    over 4 years ago

    3806 Comments

    Obama told us a lot of things,,,Theres no terrorism he fixed it by bowing fully to our enemies...Showed our surrender right there...Things are going to get bad quick I think...He has created racial tensions like I have never seen before...And then there is the utter despair as people can no longer make ends meet.....He;s a collosal f__ up

  • Joker-as-police-man_max50

    APDSARGE

    over 4 years ago

    1064 Comments

    What?! Another attempted terror attack on American soil???? But I thought President Obama told us the War on Terror was over?? Hmmmm, I guess diplomacy doesn't work with people who are hell bent on killing every last American....

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    We as a Country cannot afford to let our guard down .................Never forget 911 ......
    Never leave our Butts out in the Breeze.....!!!!!!!

  • Irishflag_max50

    Murphyx

    over 4 years ago

    1042 Comments

    Right on fplasencia! Never forget!

  • Thinker_max50

    darsavmo

    over 4 years ago

    11344 Comments

    Great job by the passengers!

    A wake-up call that others still want to hurt us and a reminder that security systems and the people that work them are not infallible and that we all need be alert and do our part to protect our country and our citizens.

    Never forget 9/11 and never let our guard down again...

  • Draped_badge_max50

    184retired

    over 4 years ago

    3806 Comments

    Amen fplasencia...How soon we forget!!!

  • Draped_badge_max50

    184retired

    over 4 years ago

    3806 Comments

    Damn I just said yesterday that the terrorism and suicide bombers were coming back to this country....Wish I was wrong...At least he was a dumba$$...They should have walked him off the plane, called the cops and the first one there should have been able to shoot him...

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    Perl

    over 4 years ago

    1498 Comments

    I hope that they beat the flames out with a carry-on!
    ~Wf

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Glad he failed. Nice work by the passengers.

  • 12235_sq90_max50

    chiefkcr

    over 4 years ago

    3620 Comments

    Glad this device failed. I hope they beat the fire out !

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Working in a city where we had one of the worst attacks on American soil, I ask that all my brother officers and our citizens to be forever diligent so that we can avoid these terroris attacks

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    As I said many times before, America forgets fast...

    May this incident serve as a reminder to all those that forgot that America is STILL at war... Even if the Liberal minds try to show otherwise.

    The present state of mind in this country may very well be the downfall of America… Unless we wake up soon to reality and realize that this is WAR.

    But not just any conventional war… We are facing a new kind of enemy: UNLAWFUL COMBATANTS. They kind of enemy that can’t be talk to, negotiate with, or reason with. Just plain sworn enemies of our country and everything it stands for…

    There is no way to make peace with this kind of trash. The only peaceful solution they will accept is the conversion of America to a Islamic State controlled by their dogmatic irrational doctrines… Nothing less.

    Please make no mistake about, this is a fight to death. Either we kill them all, or they will eventually kill us all…

    There is no room for “Political Correctness” when dealing with trash like this. No room for affording this trash anything other than human rights and a fair trial by Military Tribunal. No room for having this trash in our soil. No room for applying any “Geneva Convention Rights” to trash that do not behave like soldiers… In fact, it is an insult to soldiers anywhere in the world to call this trash “enemy combatants”

    Personally, I have no problems to express my hate for their cause, way of life and everything they stand for… My sworn dedication to be their enemy for life…

  • John_groh_max50

    wiseass0282

    over 4 years ago

    10986 Comments

    Good job by the passengers, I hope they kicked his ass good.

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