Monday, August 3, 2020

Airlines Mechanic Charged With Sabotaging Flight

Authorities have charged Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, a mechanic for American Airlines, for allegedly trying to sabotage an international flight departing from Miami.

Alani reportedly wanted to cause a delay that would enable him to work overtime.

Per The Hill:

The Associated Press reported that Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani was charged with willfully damaging or disabling an aircraft and is expected to be arraigned formally in a Miami court on Friday.

Alani told investigators that he glued a piece of foam to part of the plane’s navigation system during an interview Thursday, an act of intentional damage that was picked up by the plane’s speed and directional tracking system.

He was later identified by security footage that showed him performing maintenance on the navigation system for several minutes, according to the news service.

“Alani stated that his intention was not to cause harm to the aircraft or its passengers,” the affidavit stated. Stalled negotiations over employee contracts between American Airlines and two unions representing workers led to Alani being hurt financially, the affidavit continued, which resulted in his attempt “to cause a delay or have the flight cancelled in anticipation of obtaining overtime work.” 

The plane involved in the incident carried at least 150 passengers.

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