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Terrorist Tries to Blow Up Plane During Final Approach

Terrorist Tries to Blow Up Plane During Final Approach

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The AP via YellowBrix

December 26, 2009

J.P. Karas, 55, of Wyandotte, Mich., said he was driving on a road near the airport and saw a Delta jet at the end of the runway, surrounded by police cars, an ambulance, a bus and television trucks.

“I don’t ever recall seeing a plane on that runway ever before, and I pass by there frequently,” he said.

The FBI’s Detroit office is investigating the incident.

“More information will be available when it is appropriate,” said Sandra Berchtold, an FBI spokeswoman in Detroit.

A statement from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration confirmed that “an incident” had occurred aboard Northwest Flight 253 and that the plane had landed safely in Detroit at 11:53 a.m.

“All passengers have deplaned and, out of an abundance of caution, the plane was moved to a remote area where the plane and all baggage are currently being rescreened,” the statement said. “A passenger is in custody, and passengers are currently being interviewed.”

A spokeswoman for the University of Michigan Health System Ann Arbor, Tracy Justice, confirmed that the hospital had received a patient from the flight. She did not know the passenger’s condition or sex.

The FBI is expected to focus on whether the Nigerian acted alone or had training from al-Qaida or another network. There also will be great interest in the nature and destructive capacity of the explosive device and on how it got past airport screening.

Nigerians have not figured in many cases involving al-Qaida, but the rise of violent Islamic extremism in that country, and in sub-Saharan Africa overall, concerns Western anti-terrorism officials.

The timing and description of the incident recall the attempted attack on a Paris-to-Miami flight eight years ago by “shoe-bomber” Richard Reid, a British al-Qaida operative who was convicted in U.S. federal court of trying to blow up the American Airlines flight.

Soon after takeoff on Dec. 22, 2001, Reid tried to ignite explosives that had been packed into his high-top gym shoes in an attempt to blow a hole in the plane and bring it down. An alert flight attendant and passenger subdued Reid and foiled the attack, which spread fear across the world during the Christmas holidays just three months after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Reid was one of several bombers whom al-Qaida trained in its Afghan camps to commit attacks with concealed explosives aboard planes.

In August 2006, British police working with U.S. and Pakistani intelligence broke up a plot in which al-Qaida trained Britons in Pakistan to assemble sophisticated, liquid-based bombs that would have been smuggled aboard planes in energy drinks and other containers.

The investigation revealed that the technology in that plot was developed in Pakistan by Abu Ubaida al Masri, al-Qaida’s operations chief at the time. It would have involved teams of two or three attackers smuggling aboard the explosives and separate ignition devices to blow up seven planes bound for North America.


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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.

  • Shrel-only_max50

    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

    16734 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.!!

  • Picture_204_max50

    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

  • Bayou_032_max50

    UNIT111D

    over 4 years ago

    478 Comments

    i agree with usa 24

  • Vscndsign_max50

    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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