American Airlines Mechanic Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani Charged with Sabotaging Plane Has Possible Terror Ties, Prosecutors Say

American Airlines mechanic Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani was arrested a couple weeks ago after sabotaging the navigation system of a flight to Nassau with 150 passengers on board.

Alani, a veteran employee, admitted that he tampered with the controls of the flight and claimed he was upset over ‘stalled union contract negotiations.’



A federal judge imposed a pretrial detention for Alani during Wednesday’s hearing after prosecutors presented evidence of possible terror ties.

USA Today reported:

A federal judge cited new evidence of potential terrorism sympathies in denying bail for a mechanic charged with sabotaging an American Airlines jetliner.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris McAliley imposed pretrial detention for 60-year-old Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani at Wednesday’s hearing.

The new evidence presented by prosecutors includes that Alani, a veteran mechanic who worked for American since 1988, has a brother in Iraq who may be involved with the Islamic State extremist group as well as statements Alani made about wishing harm on non-Muslims.

Alani is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Iraq. He’s not charged with a terror-related crime.

How many others like Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani are working for airlines just waiting to sabotage planes?

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