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Source: Plane Bomb Suspect Chose Vulnerable Seat
MyFoxTwinCities.com ^ | 12/27/09 | FoxNews

Posted on 12/27/2009 10:32:39 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo

The man accused of attempting to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day appeared to have deliberately chosen a vulnerable seat on the plane, an expert says.

A government official told Fox News Saturday that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was sitting in seat 19A, which, according to the official, is above the plane's fuel tanks and wing and next to the skin of the aircraft.

In the event of an explosion, the official said, there is a high likelihood that it would be accelerated by the fuel tank, increasing the chance that the plane’s structure would be damaged and the plane would be brought down.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: abdulmutallab; bomber; flight253; nigeria; nwa; thesystemworked
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1 posted on 12/27/2009 10:32:42 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
A government official told Fox News Saturday that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was sitting in seat 19A, which, according to the official, is above the plane's fuel tanks and wing and next to the skin of the aircraft. In the event of an explosion, the official said, there is a high likelihood that it would be accelerated by the fuel tank, increasing the chance that the plane’s structure would be damaged and the plane would be brought down.

Sounds like a good way to identify would-be terrorists.

2 posted on 12/27/2009 10:40:23 AM PST by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: Lazamataz

“The official said when homeland security officials analyze attempted plane attack plots, the suspect’s seat selection is one of the first things they check.”

Yep.


3 posted on 12/27/2009 10:42:08 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Merry Christmas, FReepers!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

“The system worked.”


4 posted on 12/27/2009 10:43:57 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

“The system worked.”

Nope.

;-)


5 posted on 12/27/2009 10:44:59 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Merry Christmas, FReepers!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Carefully and meticulously planned.

Except for the detonator malfunction and outraged passengers, Obama Jr. would have brought down the plane.


6 posted on 12/27/2009 10:45:16 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

If they ever figure out the trigger thing.....we’re screwed.


7 posted on 12/27/2009 10:46:28 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Merry Christmas, FReepers!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
This chart shows the location of "Row 19", which would be over the forward wing spar. This is the location that the shoe bomber also was seated. The leading edge wing spar (beam) is in tension during flight and is vulnerable to a catastrophic explosion, the plane's wing possibly separating from the plane, which would lead to immediate tumbling.


8 posted on 12/27/2009 10:47:01 AM PST by HighWheeler
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
This "vulnerable seat" was pointed to by others, such as Wretchard (Richard Fernandez) at PJ's Belmont Club, two days ago, complete with plane diagrams:

Over Detroit

9 posted on 12/27/2009 10:47:08 AM PST by browardchad ("Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own fact." - Daniel P Moynihan)
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To: maggief
We just got lucky the explosives malfunctioned. 300 people could easily have been killed had they gone off as intended.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

10 posted on 12/27/2009 10:49:20 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Breaking news: Surf's up! ;)


11 posted on 12/27/2009 10:49:29 AM PST by maggief
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

This is corroborated by the Islamic terrorist “Operation Bojinka” plot to plant explosive devices under seats above the center fuel tank. One such device exploded but failed to detonate the tank, and the plot was exposed.


12 posted on 12/27/2009 10:51:08 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: maggief

The CIC.....

(Coward In Chief)


13 posted on 12/27/2009 10:51:48 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Merry Christmas, FReepers!)
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To: goldstategop

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h8vQklBs9xrxofvmdvPzvz4Ml1DQ

Al-Qaeda vows revenge for Yemeni strike: TV

(AFP) – 5 days ago

(snip)

The New York Times reported that US President Barack Obama approved firepower, intelligence and other support for Yemen’s efforts against Al-Qaeda.


14 posted on 12/27/2009 10:51:59 AM PST by maggief
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I haven’t flown internationally in several years but I don’t remember being able to request a specific seat, other than saying aisle or window. I guess now you can say aisle, window or fuel tank.


15 posted on 12/27/2009 10:56:16 AM PST by Ditter
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Is there protocol through Homeland Security for screening/scrutinizing anyone who reserves the vulnerable seats on all various aircraft?

Here we have a known jihadist reserving the most vulnerable seat on this plane, with a one-way ticket on Christmas Day, and this comes as a surprise?


16 posted on 12/27/2009 10:57:54 AM PST by Bluebird Singing
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Here is the Airbus 330 layout, showing that the selection of Row 16, where the struggle took place, is close to the wing spar and tank:

-- -- --


17 posted on 12/27/2009 10:58:19 AM PST by HighWheeler
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To: Ditter

Excellent point. All of my international travel is booked by the group admin. I can request aisle or window, only.....come to think of it......


18 posted on 12/27/2009 10:59:32 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Merry Christmas, FReepers!)
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To: Ditter

Maybe there was inside help in the booking of his seat?


19 posted on 12/27/2009 11:03:54 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: HighWheeler

Article states it was seat 19A....does that change anything...?

Also, did this article get the seat wrong?


20 posted on 12/27/2009 11:04:16 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Merry Christmas, FReepers!)
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To: HighWheeler
You posted the seating chart for a Boeing 767-300.

The NWA flight this terrorist was on was an Airbus 300.

21 posted on 12/27/2009 11:05:42 AM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: Army Air Corps
Inside help booking his seat? Do ya think? sarc//>>
22 posted on 12/27/2009 11:07:42 AM PST by Ditter
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To: The KG9 Kid

I believe he was pointing out the location of the ‘shoe bomber’s’ location on his flight.....a 767.


23 posted on 12/27/2009 11:09:55 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Merry Christmas, FReepers!)
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To: Ditter

Agreed. ;-)


24 posted on 12/27/2009 11:11:29 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: HighWheeler

Wrong aircraft.


25 posted on 12/27/2009 11:13:15 AM PST by nwrep
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

He showed the location of seat 19A, where the Detroit bomber sat.


26 posted on 12/27/2009 11:20:06 AM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: The KG9 Kid

I could be wrong....but I believe that Reid sat in row 19 on his 767 flight.....


27 posted on 12/27/2009 11:21:35 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Merry Christmas, FReepers!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I’m sure he thought of that on his own.
/s


28 posted on 12/27/2009 11:37:46 AM PST by GnuHere
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I think it’s also likely that the time of the detonation (just before landing) was chosen to maximize ground casualties.


29 posted on 12/27/2009 12:17:45 PM PST by denydenydeny (The Left sees taxpayers the way Dr Frankenstein saw the local cemetery; raw material for experiments)
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To: denydenydeny

More than likely....

Either that or it took him that long to get his courage up.


30 posted on 12/27/2009 12:21:14 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Merry Christmas, FReepers!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Excellent point. All of my international travel is booked by the group admin. I can request aisle or window, only.....come to think of it......

Mine too, but once you've got your "identifier", many airlines allow you to switch seats, on line. American does, Continental too, IIRC.

31 posted on 12/27/2009 12:46:54 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: The KG9 Kid

These two planes are fairly close in both design and form, because they are about the same sized aircraft and use the same engine configuration.

I assert that Flight 800 in 1996 was detonated in virtually the same spot, but in that case the entire front of the aircraft fuselage separated and the wings separated immediately afterward.


32 posted on 12/27/2009 6:10:37 PM PST by HighWheeler
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