Foreign National Tries to Explode "White Powdery Substance" on Northwest Airlines Flight - Video 12/25/09
Here is a video report on an incident that took place today on a Northwest Airlines Flight as it was getting ready to land in Detroit today. A Nigerian passenger - with possible ties to Al-Qaeda - reportedly attempted to explode what were first thought to be firecrackers aboard the plane, but what ABC News reports to be a "white powdery substance."
ABC News reports:
The passenger was immediately subdued, according to Susan Elliott, spokeswoman for Delta, Northwest's parent company, Elliott said earlier that the suspect had ignited several small firecrackers. The incident resulted in some minor injuries, she said.A passenger, identified as a Nigerian national, was later placed in custody and is being treated for burns suffered in the explosion, said the bulletin, obtained by CNN from a source familiar with the investigation.
The passenger "is claiming to have extremist affiliation and that the device was acquired in Yemen along with instructions as to when it should be used," according to the bulletin.
The FBI is investigating the incident, said bureau spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold. . . . MORE
The man said he was directed by al Qaeda to explode a small device in flight, over U.S. soil, ABC News has learned. Authorities have no corroboration of that information, and the credibility of the suspect's statements are being questioned, officials said.
The suspect was identified as Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, who according to federal documents is an engineering student at University College of London.
He was flying from Nigeria to the United States for a religious ceremony, according to his entry visa, which was issued June 16, 2008 and was good until June 12, 2010. . . . MORE