Unlawful Interference Airbus A330-323X N820NW, Friday 25 December 2009
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Date:Friday 25 December 2009
Type:Silhouette image of generic A333 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A330-323X
Owner/operator:Northwest Airlines
Registration: N820NW
MSN: 859
Year of manufacture:2007
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney PW4168A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 289
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Unlawful Interference
Location:near Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM)
Destination airport:Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW/KDTW)
Confidence Rating:
An Airbus A330-323X passenger jet, registered N820NW, was involved in a failed attempt to blow-up the aircraft. Northwest Airlines flight NW253 from Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM) was approaching the destination Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW/KDTW) when a passenger attempted to ignite some kind of incendiary device. The man, a 23 year old Nigerian national, had explosive powder taped to his leg and used a syringe of chemicals to mix with the powder that was to cause an explosion. A small fire erupted, but this was put out using a fire extinguisher.
The passenger was immediately subdued. He was arrested by authorities after safely landing at Detroit.


Detroit airliner incident 'was failed bomb attack' (BBC News, 26-12-2009)


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