Report: Mechanic Who Sabotaged Miami Flight may have Ties to ISIS

Wow! The former American Airlines mechanic who was recently accused of sabotaging a Miami jetliner back in July may actually have ties to the Islamic State (ISIS). This prompted a federal judge to deny him bail, and rightly so!

The man was reported to have sabotaged an American Airlines 737 using a piece of styrofoam. Thankfully the the pilots noticed something was wrong with their gauges before takeoff and therefore aborted the flight. Many lives could have been lost if they had not caught on to what was happening.

Fox News reports:

Prosecutors said Alani glued styrofoam inside the nose of the aircraft that disabled a part used to gauge airspeed and other critical flight data. Pilots detected the issue before takeoff, and the plane was taken to another part of the airport for an inspection. That’s when the problem was discovered.

On Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris McAiley ruled for Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani to be held, instead of being granted bail. The man has been charged with the following: willfully damaging, destroying or disabling an aircraft.

“You may be very sympathetic to terrorists,” McAliley said to Alani, “That’s very disconcerting.”

The judge added, “It is likely you will be convicted.”

Alani, 60, worked as a mechanic for the airline when he allegedly sabotaged a Nassau-bound Boeing 737 with 150 passengers and crew aboard at Miami International Airport over stalled labor negotiations.

He allegedly told investigators the labor dispute between the mechanics union and the airline had a negative financial impact on him.

Airport surveillance captured Alani working on the plane’s nose. He was identified by co-workers.

Alani’s public defender argued his client is an experienced mechanic who knew the alleged sabotage would result in the plane being grounded.

“We don’t think they are going to be able to prove he intentionally put people in danger,” his attorney, Christian Dunham said, “The plane would have been fine to fly.”

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Alani was fired following the incident and his aircraft mechanic certificate was also revoked by the Federal Aviation Administration.