American Airlines Employee Charged For Allegedly Sabotaging Plane
An American Airlines mechanic was arrested on Thursday for allegedly sabotaging a navigation system within a plane that was due to have 150 people on board.
According to the Miami Herald, Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani had been upset over stalled union contract negotiations. He was a long term and trusted employee prior to the charges.
Fortunately, the passengers and crew on the flight were unharmed because the tampering with the Navigation system triggered an error alert as the pilots powered up the plane’s engines before takeoff.
This caused flight No. 2834 to be stopped and the aircraft to be taken in for maintenance. Following inspection they discovered the tampering.Alani, 60, from Tracy, California, has been charged with “willfully damaging, destroying or disabling an aircraft.”
“This is extremely serious and it is being handled by the authorities in that way. It is just the equivalent of trying to shoot an airplane out of the sky and murder everyone on board. And you can’t take it as any less serious than that,” said ABC News’s aviation analyst John Nance.
Following his arrest, Alani told the federal air marshals that “his intention was not to cause harm to the aircraft or its passengers.”