American Airlines mechanic in Miami charged with sabotaging plane before takeoff

An American Airlines mechanic in Miami was charged Thursday with sabotaging the navigation system on a plane before a flight bound for Nassau in the Bahamas with 150 passengers aboard earlier this summer.

The criminal complaint filed in federal court in Miami said American Airlines mechanic Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, who works at Miami International Airport, admitted to investigators that on July 17 he intentionally blocked a plane’s sensor that monitors speed, pitch and other critical data.

Alani was arrested Thursday, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Miami.

Crews discovered the problem before taking off and aborted the flight.

Alani later told investigators that he was upset with failed contract negotiations between American Airlines and maintenance workers that have been dragging on for more than four years, according to the federal complaint.

In the interview with law enforcement, Alani reportedly said the contract dispute “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,” the court filing said.

He was charged with willfully damaging, destroying, disabling, or wrecking an aircraft, and attempting to do so, the complaint said.

Investigators said the alleged sabotage took place on American Airlines flight 2834 bound for the Bahamas with 150 crew and passengers aboard. While powering up to take off, the problem triggered an error message in the plane’s air data module system and takeoff was aborted.

A maintenance worker found that a tube connecting the air data module system had been blocked with a “dark styrofoam-like material.”

American Airlines security, along with air marshals and the FBI identified Alani based on video surveillance footage.

Later, the complaint said, Alani admitted that he glued the styrofoam to the tube so it wouldn’t come off and then went to the cockpit to make sure it interfered with the sensor system.

Passengers boarded a new plane and continued to the Bahamas.

“At American we have an unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our customers and team members and we are taking this matter very seriously,” said a statement from American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein. “At the time of the incident, the aircraft was taken out of service, maintenance was performed and after an inspection to ensure it was safe, the aircraft was returned to service. American immediately notified federal law enforcement who took over the investigation with our full cooperation.”

American has been locked in a bitter and lengthy dispute with the unions representing 30,000 maintenance workers. The animosity came to a peak in May when American sued the unions and accused labor groups of orchestrating an illegal work slowdown that’s led to hundreds of cancellations and delays.

The Fort Worth-based airline won a permanent injunction against the Transport Workers Union and International Association of Machinists in federal court and is asking for damages that could amount to millions.

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Yikes! Glad no one got hurt

Aye ye ye…
Could’ve crashed a plane for some overtime…
Thank goodness planes know when they’re broken.

Crazy! Why is there a photo of a MAX 8? I hope that wasn’t the plane 😂

Cause the news agency typically use anything that has the branding they’re reporting on.

Wow. I’m baffled.


He could have potentially killed 150+ people, no? What a selfish and horrible thing to do.

I’m glad no one got hurt as a result of his extremely small-minded actions.

Wow. It’s amazing how some people’s minds work.

Wow excellent job on the pilots for aborting the take off. Shame on the mechanic for toying with lives like that.

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That is absolutely shocking that someone would even think to do such a thing like that! There are way better options than risking the lives of however many crew and passengers on board that aircraft

In a way, this seems like a last-ditch effort to provoke something.

I believe American Airlines has court authority to take action against the Mechanics Union for delaying flights and other reasons…

Why was this person doing that anyway luckily everyone got to the 🇧🇸 safely and without incident

So now sounds like he may have been sympathetic to terror groups, spacificly ISIS, after a graphic video by the group was found on his phone. He sent it to someone else with a violent message. He still stands by his story that he did it to get extra overtime for fixing the maintenance issue, and says he never intended to place people in harm, even apparently going so far as to go up to the cockpit to make sure the warning light came on so it would be noticed before takeoff. But this certainly raises questions. Due to this revelation he has been denied bail before trial, and I supose we’ll have to see what happens at trial…

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The plot has been twisted

wow

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Okay… Explain how you can write “Wow”

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What do you mean?

Well I bet he doesn’t have enough money for bail…

Just put

WOW!

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☝🏻 .,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,. ☝🏻

But with no spaces here and here

Or some other text command that doesn’t actually show up…

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