An American Airlines employee who is said to be angry over interrupted talks on a union contract with the company has been accused of disabling the navigation system on a flight scheduled to depart Miami in the summer, investigators said Thursday.
Abdul-Majeed Maruf Ahmed Alani, a veteran mechanic with the airline, was arrested Thursday and charged with intentionally damaging, destroying or disabling an aircraft, The Miami Herald reported, citing a court ruling.
Pilots in flight 2834 bound for Nassau were alerted to a problem with the aircraft's warning system prior to their departure on July 17, preventing any injuries to the 1
EASYJET FIVE PASSENGER, EXCLUSION PILOT, FLIGHT BOARD AFTER PILOT DO NOT DISCONTINUE check time. According to the machine, a mechanic found a pipe under the cockpit that had been foamed.
Alani glued the foam inside the pipe leading from the outside of the aircraft to its air data module, federal prosecutors say. The system records aircraft speed and other flight data.
Federal air marshals are reported to be angry over broken talks on a contract between the Mechanics Union and the airline, which hurt him financially. He claims he did not want to harm anyone on board and tampered with the aircraft's data module to cause "delay or cancel flight."
Click here to get the FOX NEWS application Investigators said they suspected Alany after viewing video footage.
It states that he was seen getting out of a truck on the day of the flight and entering the compartment where the navigation system is located.
He is expected to appear in court on Friday.