Thanks to alert and vigilant passengers stopped an attempted terrorist attack on Northwest/Delta Flight on Christmas Day. A Nigerian man linked to Al Qaeda was on board Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit. He attempt to ignite a powdery substances when a couple passengers stopped the man.
The man and other passengers suffer burns. The suspect is in custody of Federal law enforcement. Sky News Reports:
Passenger ‘Tries To Blow Up’ U.S. Plane
1:08am UK, Saturday December 26, 2009
Neal Walker, Sky News Online
The White House says an incident involving a small explosion on an airliner was an attempted act of terrorism.
Delta Flight 253 was carrying 278 passengers from Amsterdam to Detroit
A U.S. intelligence official said the passenger who ignited a “powdery substance” on the Delta Airlines flight was trying to blow up the plane.
The flight was arriving at Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport when the incident took place.
The suspect, who suffered third-degree burns, reportedly told federal investigators that he was directed by al Qaeda.
A U.S. intelligence official said the explosive device was a mix of powder and liquid. It failed when the passenger tried to detonate it.
Representative Peter King, who sits on the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, said the device was “fairly sophisticated,” and the suspect was a 23-year-old Nigerian man.
The White House says President Obama, who is on holiday in Hawaii, is “actively monitoring” the situation.
Obama spoke by conference call with national security advisers, and then “instructed that all appropriate measures be taken to increase security for air travel,” White House spokesman Bill Burton said.
Delta Airlines said two passengers were injured in the small explosion.
Delta Flight 253 was carrying 278 passengers from Amsterdam
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