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New Court Information Presented by Prosecutors Suggest American Airlines Mechanic ...

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September 6th we reported a mechanic who had worked for American Airlines since 1998 was tried in federal court for "sabotaging" a plane carrying 150 passengers. Abdul-Majeed Maraud Ahmed Alani said he was frustrated with the economic toil "stalled union contract negotiations" had on him. He claims his plan was simply to tamper with a navigation system so that he could collect overtime work.

Fortunately the pilots on the plane, flying from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas, saw an error message when they powered up the plane and aborted the takeoff. An inspection of the aircraft "found a piece of foam glued inside a navigation system part called an air data module."

USA Today reported that a "federal judge cited new evidence of potential terrorism sympathies in denying bail" for the mechanic. In this morning's hearing, "U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris McAliley imposed pretrial detention for 60-year-old Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani" who is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Iraq. "He's not charged with a terror-related crime."

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