DAILYKENN.com -- Days prior to the anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attack on Americans in 2001, a man with the appearance similar to those who flew two airliners into the World Trade Center has been arrested.
Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani admitted to tampering with the navigation system of an American Airlines jet that was carrying 150 passengers prior to being grounded before takeoff.
The apparent Muslim claims his actions were due to his disgruntlement relating to a union contract, reports say.
Muslims seem to prefer passenger jets as weapons of choice.
According to nytimes.com, the suspect is an Iraqi immigrant who came to the USA in 1992. He previously worked for Alaska Airlines where he was fired.
"Alaska fired him in 2008 after several errors including failing to verify that repairs were working and installing the wrong battery on a plane. The Federal Aviation Administration suspended his mechanic's certificate for 30 days, according to court documents."
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An American Airlines mechanic based at Miami International Airport was arrested on Thursday on a charge that he sabotaged the navigation equipment of a flight carrying 150 people, forcing it to be grounded just before takeoff, the authorities said.
The mechanic, Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, 60, of Tracy, Calif., told investigators on Thursday that he had tampered with the air data module system on Flight 2834 from Miami to Nassau in the Bahamas on July 17 because he was disgruntled about an impasse over a union contract, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.
The equipment, which is housed in a compartment beneath the cockpit and near the nose landing gear, keeps track of an aircraft’s speed and pitch as well as other critical flight data.
As the Boeing 737-800 was approaching the departure runway and powering up its engines, the crew got an error message and aborted the takeoff, the authorities said.
Security camera footage showed that Mr. Alani had gained access to the compartment housing the plane’s air data module system, where he inserted a piece of foam to obstruct the equipment, according to investigators.
“Alani stated that his intention was not to cause harm to the aircraft or its passengers,” the criminal complaint said. “Alani explained to law enforcement that he was upset at the stalled contract dispute between the union workers and American Airlines, and that this dispute had affected him financially. Alani claimed that he tampered with the target aircraft in order to cause a delay or have the flight canceled in anticipation of obtaining overtime work.”
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