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”Näimme pelon lentoemännän silmissä”

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26.12.2009 10:56

Hollannista Yhdysvaltoihin matkalla ollut mies aiheutti yöllä Suomen aikaa vaarantilanteen sytyttämällä kesken lennon matkustamossa ilotulitteen tai jonkinlaisen räjähteen.

Yhdysvallat uskoo, että Northwest Airlinesin Airbus 330 -lentokoneessa räjähteen sytyttänyt mies yritti terrori-iskua.

Räjäyttäjää itseään lukuunottamatta matkustajat saivat ilmeisesti vain lieviä vammoja.

Uutistoimisto AP:n kuvaamalla videolla koneen matkustajat kertovat kauhunhetkistään.

- Kuulimme huutoa ja lentoemännät juoksivat pitkin käytävää. Tajusimme tilanteen siinä vaiheessa, kun näimme pelon lentoemännän silmissä, ja kun hän tarttui vaahtosammuttimeen ja haistoimme savun, Richelle Keepman sanoo videolla.

 

 

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World News Network |Saturday, 26 December 2009

Plane suspect 'linked to al Qaida' The Guardian 2009-12-26
An airline passenger from Nigeria who said he was acting on al Qaida's instructions set off an explosive device in a failed terror attack on the plane as it was preparing to land. Northwest Airlines Flight 253 with 278 passengers aboard was 20 minutes from the airport at Detroit, Michigan, when the device, that sounded like a firecracker, exploded, witnesses said. One passenger jumped over others and tried to subdue the man and shortly afterwards the suspect was taken to a front row seat with his trousers cut off and his legs burned. The White House said it believed it was an attempted act of terrorism and stricter, unspecified, security measures were quickly imposed on airline travel.

Law enforcement sources identified the suspect as Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab. Others had slightly different spellings. One source said the man claimed to have been instructed by al Qaida to detonate the plane over US soil.

"It sounded like a firecracker in a pillowcase," said Peter Smith, a passenger from the Netherlands. "First there was a pop, and then (there) was smoke."

One hero passenger was believed to have been burned as he tackled the suspect. Mr Smith said the passenger, sitting opposite the suspect, climbed over others, went across the aisle and tried to restrain the man.

http://article.wn.com/view/2009/12/26/Plane_suspect_linked_to_al_Qaida/
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/feedarticle/8873141

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Reports say passenger attempted to blow up Northwest Airlines flight in Detroit
Official says suspect claimed he was acting on orders from al-Qaida
By JOE SWICKARD and NAOMI R. PATTON • Detroit Free Press • December 26, 2009 | greenbaypressgazette.com

— A man suspected of planning to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight in Detroit could face charges as soon as today, according to an official familiar with the case.

The suspect is a Nigerian national who claims to have ties to al-Qaida.

It was unclear Friday why the man wanted to attack the flight arriving from Amsterdam.

The flight was 20 minutes from the airport when it sounded like a firecracker had exploded, witnesses said. One passenger jumped over others and tried to subdue the man.

Shortly afterward, the suspect was taken to a front-row seat with his pants cut off and his legs burned.

The plane, an Airbus 330, landed about noon in Detroit, and was carrying 278 passengers on a flight from Amsterdam.

There were no major injuries.

The White House said it believed it was an attempted act of terrorism and stricter security measures were quickly imposed on airline travel, but were not specified.

One law enforcement source said the man claimed to have been instructed by al-Qaida to detonate the plane over U.S. soil.

Many on board were unaware of what had occurred at the front of the plane — learning about the incident only after they had left the aircraft and were questioned by FBI agents.

Others were keenly aware, having a bird's-eye view of the man.

"It was terrifying. I thought this was it," said Richelle Keepman of Oconomowoc, who sat just rows in front of the suspect.

She said she thought she was going to die when she saw the flames and commotion.

Michigan native Melinda Dennis was sitting in first class when the suspect was placed in a seat across the aisle from her.

"He didn't say anything," said Dennis, who lives in Europe and was connecting to a flight to Arizona. "He was burned very severely on his leg. … He was very calm and didn't show any reaction to pain."

Passengers subdued the man and may have prevented him from detonating the explosives, officials said.

The incident was reminiscent of convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid, who tried to destroy a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001 with explosives hidden in his shoes, but was subdued by other passengers. Reid is serving a life sentence.
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http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20091226/GPG0101/912260542/1...