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Old 09-06-2019, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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American Airlines Mechanic Accused of Sabotaging Plane

An American Airlines mechanic is accused of sabotaging a flight over stalled union contract negotiations. According to a criminal complaint affidavit filed in federal court, Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani admitted during an interview Thursday that he tampered with a navigation system on the plane so that he could collect overtime work. The plane, with 150 people on board, was scheduled to fly from Miami to Nassau in the Bahamas on July 17. As the pilots powered up the plane at Miami International Airport, they saw an error message for a system that tracks speed, nose direction, and other critical flight information and aborted the takeoff, the AP report. When mechanics examined the plane, they found a piece of foam glued inside a navigation system part called an air data module.


So is he a union thug or a radical Islamist?

I don't care what kind of dispute is taking place... there are lines you don't cross. He crossed it by fooling with systems that would have affected the plane in auto-pilot mode.
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:04 AM
 
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If passengers and crew are are killed because of something like that, the one who is guilty of the sabotage is as guilty of mass murder as any radical terrorist.

In fact, I hope that Alani is charged and convicted of attempted mass murder.
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Hanlon's razor applies.

He sounds like a radical idiot.
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:09 AM
 
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If passengers and crew are are killed because of something like that, the one who is guilty of the sabotage is as guilty of mass murder as any radical terrorist.

In fact, I hope that Alani is charged and convicted of attempted mass murder.
Absolutely.
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Lee County, NC
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Remember kids, if your name looks like the one above, you are a terrorist. No matter what
This guy is a terrorist. His little stunt could have killed hundreds of innocent people. I don't care if his name was Bob Smith.
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:16 AM
 
Location: USA
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That is not a potentially life threatening issue. They have other means of navigation, and many other instruments to determine their heading, and electronically indicate necessary course to get to their destination. It does render the aircraft unairworthy from a regulatory perspective. However, this is a huge deal in that it shows how far some people are willing to go to get what they want. Whether it be more money, or to satisfy an ideological view.

I wouldn't jump to the conclusion this was terror just because the guy is a Muslim. That needs to be investigated though. It's not so important WHY he did it, but that it performed the action.
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:20 AM
 
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Sabotage is sabotage. His lawyers are trying to whitewash it as a stunt to further a labor dispute.

My brother once worked as an inspector on the assembly line for F-16 jets. They had a guy who mis-drilled holes in a key aircraft component and tried to hide his errors. He was brought up on federal charges and did time in prison. His union status did nothing (rightly so) to protect him.
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:23 AM
 
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The dude needs to be fired, and charged if some law was broken, but this is definitely not terrorism.

He wanted overtime, and the issues popped up as soon as the engines turned on. There doesn't appear to have been a risk to people, but it's insane to be taking that risk.

If the plane had taken off, and the issues arose in the air, he would certainly have been at fault.
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:25 AM
 
Location: USA
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If the plane had taken off, and the issues arose in the air, he would certainly have been at fault.
Sure he was at fault. The "issues" arose on the ground. However, if they did manifest themselves in the air the pilot would have just relied on other systems to get essentially the same information.
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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Just the name alone will get the conservatives/libertarians all excited:


Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani





Remember kids, if your name looks like the one above, you are a terrorist. No matter what
Why are we letting Muslims/Arabs work on our planes? I think I better fly another airline.
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