A former American Airlines mechanic who was arrested days before Sept. 11 for allegedly sabotaging an airplane who at the time said the act was part of a labor dispute and because he wanted overtime has terrorist ties and wanted Allah to harm non Muslims, prosecutors said Wednesday. Abdul Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, who is originally from Iraq but gained U.S. citizenship, had Islamic State videos on his phone, said Allah wanted to hurt non Muslims, and recently returned from a trip to Iraq, prosecutors said. The federal prosecutors presented the evidence at a bail hearing in Miami. Alani allegedly sabotaged a Boeing 737 carrying 150 passengers in July. A sensor detected the problem just before takeoff, and Alani was then paid overtime to fix the problem. But video also showed him inserting styrofoam into sensitive plane components to cause the problem, an FBI affidavit stated. American Airlines suspended Alani, and subsequently fired him. Out of my evil side, I wanted to do something, Alani admitted, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Medetis, The Associated Press reported. He could face 20 years in prison for willfully disabling an aircraft, but has not been charged with terrorism. His attorney, public defender Christian Dunham, asked for $200,000 bail, which he said would be secured by multiple relatives who are in the U.S. as well as former American Airlines co workers, the AP reported. The Federal Aviation Administration revoked his aircraft mechanic certificate, Dunham said. Judge Chris McAliley rejected bail, calling Alani s actions unconscionable. You may be very sympathetic to terrorists, she said. American Airlines has been engaged in a dispute with its unions, the Transport Workers Union of America and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The airline went to court in August to allege that mechanics were intentionally slowing down work causing 900 flights to be canceled over the summer in order to gain leverage in contract negotiations. The judge ordered a permanent injunction against the union requiring it to work normally. The unions caused enormous financial losses to American, and untold harm in lost customer good will, American said in its filing, asking the judge to order the unions to pay for the canceled flights. When Alani was arrested, he reportedly told investigators his efforts were part of this slowdown, and the arrest coming days before the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack by jihadist terrorists was reported in the press as a labor dispute. Alani explained to law enforcement that he was upset at the stalled contract dispute between the union workers and America Airlines, and that this dispute had affected him financially. Alani claimed that he tampered with the Target Aircraft in order to cause a delay or have the flight cancelled in anticipation of obtaining overtime work, an FBI affidavit filed at the time of his arrest stated. Gary Peterson, a vice president at the Transport Workers Union, told CNBC of the sabotage: From a union standpoint we wouldn t condone even the thought of doing this. Peterson did not respond to a request from the Daily Caller News Foundation about why, then, former colleagues were according to Alani s lawyer willing to pay the bail for someone who said he sabotaged an aircraft as a result of the labor dispute. The public defender, Dunham, did not return a request asking how many TWU members offered to pay his bail and what their names were. We are cooperating with federal authorities in this investigation. The safety of our customers and team members remains our top priority, an American Airlines statement reads. American Airlines suspended Mr. Alani immediately after he was charged, and was terminated soon thereafter. Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact email #160;protected Image: Reuters. View the discussion thread. copy; Copyright 2019 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved
Panaji, Sep 12 (IANS) A shout out on a special WhatsApp number can now get potholes fixed in Goa, thanks to a social media based grievance redressal system started by the state government;s Public Works Department.PWD Minister Deepak Pauskar told reporters in Panaji on Thursday that "People can send us photographs and a global positioning system location of specific potholes and we will get them fixed. All they need to do is, send us a WhatsApp message on 7796667373. Mobile teams from our department will immediately carry out site inspections and fix the potholes. "
Take in a birds-eye view of the grounded Boeing 737 MAX planes parked at the aerospace giantâ€™s Renton factory and at Boeing Field. The company is working on a fix to a safety system thatâ€™s blamed in two deadly crashes before the FAA approves the MAX for flight again. Read complete coverage: king5.com/boeing
In addition, Amazon says it will open more air facilities in 2019, including at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, Wilmington Air Park, and Chicago Rockford International Airport. Meanwhile, the main Air Hub at the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport will open in 2021. We re delighted to support Amazon Air s dedicated air network, said Richard Greener, GECAS Cargo s Senior Vice President, in a statement. The capability of the 737 800 freighter will further Amazon s ability to provide reliable and regional delivery to its customers for years to come.
Content Warning: This article discusses sexual assault. If you or someone you know are affected by the following story, you are not alone. To speak to someone, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.Madonna has shared an angry response to a recent profile in the New York Times which she claims left her feeling "raped ".
Volga Dnepr Technics Moscow (VDTM), one of the leading providers of MRO services for foreign aircraft in Russia, has received the approval of the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) for maintenance of the Boeing 777 200 300 (GE 90) aircraft type.The certificate covers line maintenance provision of these aircraft types of the Bermuda Aircraft Registry at one of the first VDTM base stations located at Sheremetyevo Airport. VDTM experts managed to complete the entire certification process in record breaking time, in less than two months, having prepared all the necessary documentation and worked in constant interaction with the BCAA representatives. The expansion of BCAA approval to the Boeing 777 200 300, new types of aircraft for us, is another step towards our development and a confirmation of VDTM striving to provide high quality maintenance services. With approval for maintenance of Boeing 747 400, Boeing 747 8, Boeing 737 NG, Boeing 737 CL, Airbus A319, A320, A321 aircraft, we are confident that our customers operating the Boeing 777 will appreciate the company s advanced features. We still want to achieve more. We are currently aiming to obtain EASA approval for Boeing 777 with European registration maintenance and the further introduction of new services following industry development trends, Konstantin Surkov, CEO of Volga Dnepr Technics Moscow, said. VDTM Company, a part of the Volga Dnepr Group, has been active on the MRO market in Russia since 2009 and constantly strives to expand the range of services provided in response to requests from customers. VDTM provides maintenance of aircraft types of the largest foreign manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus.
An American Airlines flight lands safely on a runway at Miami International Airport.MIAMI An American Airlines flight from Jamaica landed safely Tuesday morning at Miami International Airport, even though one of the wheels on the airplane #39;s landing gear had a flight tire. American Airlines flight 2370 departed from Kingston, Jamaica, en route to Miami. More Florida Headlines Boeing 737 could soon be removed from St. Johns River Deceased pets recovered from Miami Air flight in St. Johns River Passenger speaks about moment plane skid off runway into St. Johns River "People were like, #39;What #39;s going on? #39; " passenger Tamar McLaren said. McLaren said the pilot got on the intercom and let everyone know what was going on. "(He said that) we left some debris on the runway and that we might have to do an emergency landing and that the fire trucks and everything would be there, " McLaren said. The plane landed safely, but Miami Dade Fire Rescue was waiting on the runway as a precaution. American Airlines spokeswoman Alexis Aran Coello said the plane made "an emergency landing upon arrival because of damage to a tire. " She said the Boeing 737 800 was towed to the gate. "The 172 passengers and six crew members onboard are all OK and deplaned normally, " she said. Passengers told Local 10 News reporter Andrew Perez that the pilot did a great job with the emergency landing. "Of course we were nervous, but it was a fabulous landing, " passenger Deirdre Harris said. "It was really smooth and soft. Everything was professional. I have to say kudos to that pilot. Very, very well done. " Copyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com All rights reserved.
May 04, 2019 01:50 AM More than 20 people were injured on Friday night after a Boeing 737 plane that had landed in Florida terrifyingly slid off the runway and into a nearby river.The passenger plane from Guantanamo Bay had just arrived at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station when it skidded off the runway and into the St. Johns River at 9:40 p.m., the air station confirmed.
At issue is an alert that tells pilots if a sensor mdash; called an ;angle of attack; (AOA) indicator mdash; is transmitting bad data about the pitch of a plane;s nose. The sensor;s alerts had been operational in previous versions of the 737 but were switched off in the 737 Max.The news first appeared Sunday in The Wall Street Journal.
(NBC) - American Airlines is extending flight cancellations aboard all Boeing 737 Max Aircrafts until mid August.The airline is awaiting re certification amid software updates and new training elements for the Max planes.
The net result? 115 canceled flights a day through most of the busy summer flying season.American now joins Southwest Airlines, which announced last week that it was canceling its 737 MAX flights through August 5, 2019.
The 2019 summer holiday travel season is expected to be marred by high air fares as debt ridden Jet Airways gradually truncates flight operations, experts said. Even though the airline, lenders and the government are still hopeful of a revival, the current trend might see Jet operating a bare minimum fleet, thus bumping up air fares."The grounding of aircraft due to liquidity issues with Jet Airways and regulatory directive for the grounding of B737 Max aircraft have resulted in 15 per cent impact on the industry capacity," said Kinjal Shah, vice president, corporate ratings, ICRA.