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Passenger Describes Heroic Effort to Stop Terrorist Attack on Northwest Flight 253 - Video 12/25/09
Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 26, 2009 | Brian

Posted on 12/26/2009 7:37:45 AM PST by Federalist Patriot

Here is video of a passenger on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 telling about the heroic effort of another passenger to stop a terrorist on board to keep him from completing his attempt to blow up the airplane.

A young man climbed over passengers to get to the Nigerian terrorist to stop him. Reports indicate the terrorist was burned badly on his legs, where he had strapped the explosive device. The heroic passenger was also burned in subduing the attacker:

An attempted terrorist attack on a Christmas Day flight began with a pop and a puff of smoke - sending passengers scrambling to subdue a Nigerian man who claimed to be acting on orders from al-Qaida to blow up the airliner, officials and travelers said.

The commotion began as Northwest Airlines Flight 253, carrying 278 passengers and 11 crew members from Amsterdam, prepared to land in Detroit just before noon Friday. Travelers said they smelled smoke, saw a glow, and heard what sounded like firecrackers. At least one person climbed over others and jumped on the man, who officials say was trying to ignite an explosive device.

"It sounded like a firecracker in a pillowcase," said Peter Smith, a passenger from the Netherlands. "First there was a pop, and then (there) was smoke."

Smith said one passenger, sitting opposite the man, climbed over passengers, went across the aisle and tried to restrain the man. The heroic passenger appeared to have been burned.

Afterward, the suspect was taken to a front-row seat with his pants cut off and his legs burned. Multiple law enforcement officials also said the man appeared badly burned on his legs, indicating the explosive was strapped there. The components were apparently mixed in-flight and included a powdery substance, multiple law enforcement and counterterrorism officials said.

The White House said it believed it was an attempted act of terrorism and stricter security measures were quickly imposed on airline travel. Dutch anti-terrorism authorities said the U.S. has asked all airlines to take extra precautions on flights worldwide that are bound for the United States. . . . (VIDEO)



TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: airlinesecurity; deltaflight253; flight253; hero; northwestflight; northwestflight253; terrorattack; tm

1 posted on 12/26/2009 7:37:47 AM PST by Federalist Patriot
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To: Federalist Patriot
OK, we are getting the first (albeit blurry) pictures of the sonofabitch and the incident:

From UK Telegraph just now.

2 posted on 12/26/2009 7:45:40 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Each contemptuous Senate Democrat is thinking: "Oh, it will all blow over by spring--they'll forget")
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To: Federalist Patriot

The father of the terrorist reported his son to the US authorities in Nigeria 6 months ago.

A source close to him said he was surprised that after his reports to the US authorities, the young man was allowed to travel to the United States.

http://allafrica.com/stories/200912260001.html


3 posted on 12/26/2009 7:52:29 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Thank God for that brave Dutchman! But what about all those boastful macho posts I read here on Free Republic about how airline terrorists better beware if they try anything like that again on a U.S. flight because they will be “taken down” in short order their brave American seatmates. According to news reports NOT A SINGLE American passenger made ANY move against the terrorist, even after hearing a bang and seeing smoke coming from his seat. (Full disclosure: I’m a proud American who gets a little tired of these big talkers)


4 posted on 12/26/2009 7:55:43 AM PST by tjd1454
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To: Federalist Patriot

In the video, one of the witnesses calls this attempted mass murderer a “gentleman” and another woman called him “African American.”


5 posted on 12/26/2009 7:58:01 AM PST by GOPPachyderm
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To: Federalist Patriot

Cue Obama to hold a press conference stating that the airline passengers who tackled the poor Nigerian “acted stupidly.”


6 posted on 12/26/2009 8:03:52 AM PST by Monitor (Gun control isn't about guns, it's about control.)
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To: tjd1454

I think you are confused. What the 911 hijacking ended is the practice of hijacking airplanes and taking them somewhere to negotiate for the release of the passengers. Ever since 911 it has been assumed that a hijacking will be a suicide attempt. The fact that no one instantly got up to jump on a bomb doesn’t change that.


7 posted on 12/26/2009 8:08:40 AM PST by SeeSharp
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To: GOPPachyderm

The contortions the PC crowd goes through are amazing. I heard the “gentleman” comment too. I have a liberal colleague who advises students to call problems “challenges” rather than “problems.” With liberals or people who just aren’t thinking about issues, I try to use more forceful language that might plant a seed for them to ponder later. When talking with this same liberal friend, for example, I refer to the “government TAKEOVER of healthcare.” It’s exhausting trying to sift every word we utter through the PC filter, so I merely quit playing the game.


8 posted on 12/26/2009 8:13:02 AM PST by 1951Boomer
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To: SeeSharp

What I am referring to is the macho comments on these hijacking threads about how Americans are rough & tough and would leap into action to subdue any terrorist. That apparently did not happen. According to news reports it was left to a Dutchman, no less, to leap over several seats to subdue the terrorist while his American seatmates yelled for someone to help.


9 posted on 12/26/2009 8:19:23 AM PST by tjd1454
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To: tjd1454

Why do you think this guys heroism is a need for you to insult people? Perhaps this was the closest man to him when he yelled Allah Achmed? What’s your motivation for the insults?

Happy 2010


10 posted on 12/26/2009 8:19:54 AM PST by bray (What ya in for Son? No Health Insurance. Me too.)
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To: Monitor

I am waiting for the Sate-run media to declare anyone who interferred with this raghead’s plan to be labled as a “racist”.


11 posted on 12/26/2009 8:21:14 AM PST by Mr. Wright
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To: bray

The Dutchman who saved the day was several seats away, and literally had to jump over a number of seats and passengers to reach the terrorist. Where were all the Americans? (I am not at all claiming I would have acted as bravely as the Dutchman, but I am concerned that we as Americans have become soft to such a degree that we are no longer capable of confronting evil - something our forefathers had the strength and fortitude to do.)


12 posted on 12/26/2009 8:25:02 AM PST by tjd1454
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To: Federalist Patriot
"Al Qaeda-linked engineeering student......"

I'm a ramblin' wreck from Allah Tech and a hell of an engineer
A helluva, helluva, helluvah, helluva, hell of an engineer
Like all good jolly Muslims, for glory I am here
I'm a ramblin' wreck from Allah Tech and a hell of an engineer

Oh, if I had a daughter, I'd dress her in a hood
She'd blow a pizza parlor up like any good girl should
And if I had a son, sir, I'll tell you what I'd do
I'd put him on an airplane with a bomb inside his shoe

I know I'll see those virgins if they ever set me free
I hope I get to Gitmo.....I can finish my degree
Then I'll fly those friendly skies again and my family all will cheer
I'll re-plan a wreck 'cause I'm Allah Tech and a helluva an engineer

Leni

13 posted on 12/26/2009 8:33:39 AM PST by MinuteGal (Bill O'Reilly: 9/8/09: "Communism is not a threat to us anymore"-10/20/09: "Obama is not a Marxist")
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Thanks for posting the photo.

The Dutchman acted heroically.

Puts a new meaning into “flying Dutchman.”


14 posted on 12/26/2009 8:36:53 AM PST by onyx
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To: Federalist Patriot

It wasn’t an “attempted” terrorist attack.

It was a Failed Terrorist Attack however the Muzzie did actually pull it off because he did manage to smuggle the explosive on the plane and he DID ignite the explosive on the plane.

Calling this an “attempted” attack is more of Zero’s using the language creatively BS. Don’t let him get away with it.


15 posted on 12/26/2009 8:40:25 AM PST by An American In Dairyland (Green is the new RED)
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To: tjd1454

The terrorist was seated in 19A (window seat)

The Dutchamn was in 20J.

He looked to his left. “I saw smoke rising from a seat ... I didn’t hesitate. I just jumped.” he said.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/terror_hero_didn_hesitate_8oVwlYC8M0rFfwIwkjVXXM#ixzz0aoVUucH6


16 posted on 12/26/2009 8:40:49 AM PST by onyx
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To: GOPPachyderm

GAWD!!!

It is my pet peeve of all time..IDIOT journalists routinely call murderers, thieves and all variety of unsavories, ‘gentlemen’, in their auto-pilot brain dead “reporting”!!!!

EXAMPLE:

“Police say they pursued the ‘gentleman’ as he sped down I-95 after witnesses reported seeing him abduct the young girl, forcing her into his car....”

What more evidence do you need to prove that ~~** JOURNALISTS~~** are not some gifted class of thinkers, analysts, ‘get to the essence’ conveyers of objective facts??

They are mostly liberal mass communication grads fresh from brainwashing and besotted with their potential TV celebrity. ‘Thin’ thinkers if thinkers at all.

And yet these IDIOTS have the power via mass communication technology to influence the sleep walking public with their vacuous, biased, ill-informed and trendy crap.

God help us.


17 posted on 12/26/2009 8:43:45 AM PST by cycle of discernment
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To: tjd1454

The dutchman was probably just the first person to see the smoke. He was in the aisle behind the terrorist.


18 posted on 12/26/2009 8:49:22 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: tjd1454
what about all those boastful macho posts I read here on Free Republic about how airline terrorists better beware if they try anything like that again on a U.S. flight because they will be “taken down” in short order their brave American seatmates. According to news reports NOT A SINGLE American passenger made ANY move against the terrorist, even after hearing a bang and seeing smoke coming from his seat. (Full disclosure: I’m a proud American who gets a little tired of these big talkers)

You think everyone's a "big talker"... and you're "a little tired of these 'big talkers'"... Let me guess, you're different from 'big talkers', you'd be the first to stand and lead the assault. Here's the facts: the type of person who enjoys thrusting himself into the limelight BY PUTTING DOWN OTHERS is usually the biggest coward.

19 posted on 12/26/2009 9:05:06 AM PST by InkStone
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To: cycle of discernment

You could reasonably conclude the intended mass murderer was MALE and BLACK. NOT an African-American gentleman.

Although neither, I’m insulted on behalf of all African-American gentlemen.


20 posted on 12/26/2009 9:05:30 AM PST by GOPPachyderm
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To: luvEastTenn

LOL, can you hear “Houston, we have challenges”?


21 posted on 12/26/2009 9:07:26 AM PST by Cold Heart
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To: tjd1454

How do you know there were Americans seated near by?

Apparently the Dutchman was the first to spot the flame.

Why not praise him, be grateful and leave it at that?


22 posted on 12/26/2009 9:07:36 AM PST by onyx
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To: tjd1454
The Dutchman who saved the day was several seats away, and literally had to jump over a number of seats and passengers to reach the terrorist. Where were all the Americans?

Oh Braveheart, forgive me- you seem to know precisely what happened; I was not aware that you were on board.

"Where were all the brave Americans?" you ask- When you're in charge, no Marines, no SEALS are required! We hail you MACHOMAN!

23 posted on 12/26/2009 9:14:11 AM PST by InkStone
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To: tjd1454

How do you know they weren’t women, or French or worse yet, Liberals? Perhaps you should wait for the facts before you start calling out FReepers or Americans.

Pray for 2010


24 posted on 12/26/2009 9:15:10 AM PST by bray (What ya in for Son? No Health Insurance. Me too.)
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To: onyx

Good point. It is possible that there were only people of other nationalities seated near the terrorist. But by the same token, the posts that appear on these hijack threads about how we Americans “sure taught that terrorist guy a lesson” on that plane are equally in error.


25 posted on 12/26/2009 9:18:58 AM PST by tjd1454
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To: tjd1454

A bunch of potheads returning from Amsterdam to Detroit is not a good cross section of Americans. I can promise you if that flight was out of Houston, there would have been blood.


26 posted on 12/26/2009 9:20:13 AM PST by willyd (Reducing Taxes Reduces our Carbon Footprint)
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To: InkStone

Apparently a number of Freepers knew “precisely” what transpired on board that plane before the facts came out. I am speaking about the numerous “we sure showed that terrorist not to mess with Americans!” type comments perhaps inspired by inaccurate news headlines proclaiming that “passengers” subdued the terrorist with it was actually one person, a Dutchman no less, that actually took him down.


27 posted on 12/26/2009 9:25:37 AM PST by tjd1454
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To: willyd

I certainly hope you are correct. In the end it may be left to Texans and others with the fortitude to confront evil to save our Republic.


28 posted on 12/26/2009 9:39:11 AM PST by tjd1454
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To: Federalist Patriot

WOW - it appears from reports that although passengers went after the terrorist after seeing and hearing ‘stuff’ the fact is that the bomb simply didn’t go off - meaning that the terrorist had everything in place to make this happen.

Geez, let’s try profiling as people are boarding. He must have been visually as likely suspect.


29 posted on 12/26/2009 9:45:09 AM PST by unique
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To: tjd1454

Thanks, and it’s also possible, that women and children were seated nearby too.

Now, were I seated next to the terrorist (I like the aisle seat) I think he would have felt the force of my 20 pound Coach handbag smashed into the side of his face immediately after I saw him bend over to light the explosive, and I would have screamed my head off. So there!!


30 posted on 12/26/2009 9:48:55 AM PST by onyx
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To: onyx

“Thanks, and it’s also possible, that women and children were seated nearby too.

Now, were I seated next to the terrorist (I like the aisle seat) I think he would have felt the force of my 20 pound Coach handbag smashed into the side of his face immediately after I saw him bend over to light the explosive, and I would have screamed my head off. So there!!”

Excellent!


31 posted on 12/26/2009 10:21:56 AM PST by tjd1454
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To: tjd1454
What I am referring to is the macho comments on these hijacking threads about how Americans are rough & tough and would leap into action to subdue any terrorist. That apparently did not happen.

You're right, we're pussies here....tell that to these folks.


32 posted on 12/26/2009 10:33:52 AM PST by wardaddy (Say Merry Christmas or I'll kill you..slow....I am weary of the onslaught on Christ in America)
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To: An American In Dairyland

“It was a Failed Terrorist Attack however the Muzzie did actually pull it off because he did manage to smuggle the explosive on the plane and he DID ignite the explosive on the plane.”

The terrorist attack succeeded. It got the guy on board, and he set off the device.

A known black muslim from an African nation in religious strife was not screened.

Our systems FAILED, under Obama.

Maj. Hasan and now this guy. Dems can’t be trusted with National Security.

Spread the word, and start next November reducing the number of dems.


33 posted on 12/26/2009 10:35:50 AM PST by truth_seeker
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To: tjd1454
You're kidding right? As someone who travels weekly and traveled to London 9 times in the last 10 months, I can tell you that there are many nationalities coming into the States. Moreover, the A330 widebody, especially where he was sitting, was on the far side meaning only someone within 3-4 rows would even be able to reach them and they would have to be on the aisle. That means you've now restricted your choices to roughly 6 people to act.

I can also tell you, without any doubt or hesitation, there are people like me, and quite a few, who, from our first class or seats up towards the front of the aircraft, watch every person who comes on board a flight with a skeptical eye and who will act upon any disturbance.

And I will also say, that will never be restricted to a nationality but to anyone who values their life.

34 posted on 12/26/2009 10:40:51 AM PST by Solson (magnae clunes mihi placent, nec possum de hac re mentiri.)
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To: wardaddy

Good for you. I’d be happy to see a thousand similar protests. Just don’t defend those who rashly presume it was Americans on that flight that subdued the terrorist. In this case - as hard as it apparently is for some on these threads to take - it was actually a Dutchman who deserves the credit.


35 posted on 12/26/2009 10:41:18 AM PST by tjd1454
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To: Solson

“...I can tell you that there are many nationalities coming into the States. Moreover, the A330 widebody, especially where he was sitting, was on the far side meaning only someone within 3-4 rows would even be able to reach them and they would have to be on the aisle. That means you’ve now restricted your choices to roughly 6 people to act...”

So I presume from the above that those who initially assumed it was Americans who nailed the terrorist are also in error?


36 posted on 12/26/2009 10:45:06 AM PST by tjd1454
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To: tjd1454

No one here tried to do any sort of taking credit from a Dutchamn as you claimed.

You’ve created a dragon to slay on this thread that only exists in your head, not on this thread.

Happy Boxing Day.


37 posted on 12/26/2009 10:48:25 AM PST by wardaddy
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To: wardaddy

Whew, what a relief! I was SO worried that we were facing a real dragon - an implacable enemy in militant Islam, and furthermore, that we in the West had lost our will and ability to confront evil, and are only left with a lot of empty boastful talk exemplified by those on this esteemed forum who before they knew the facts were boasting of their fellow American’s prowess on that plane!!


38 posted on 12/26/2009 10:58:29 AM PST by tjd1454
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To: tjd1454

You’re a fool. Good luck with that.


39 posted on 12/26/2009 11:05:32 AM PST by wardaddy
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To: tjd1454
I guess so but what's your point? You're initial point was "where were the Americans?" not pointing the error of assuming it was Americans who acted first!

trust me when I saw that Americans are usually the first to act. The fact they didn't on this flight wasn't, IMO, the thrust of your first post...so I provided some anecdotal context that questioned your original premise.

40 posted on 12/26/2009 11:07:22 AM PST by Solson (magnae clunes mihi placent, nec possum de hac re mentiri.)
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To: Solson

“trust me when I saw that Americans are usually the first to act.”

I certainly hope you are correct.


41 posted on 12/26/2009 12:11:01 PM PST by tjd1454
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To: tjd1454

Clueless Post Of The Day PING


42 posted on 12/26/2009 12:27:29 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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