REPORT: Iraqi airline mechanic pleads guilty to sabotaging plane in US

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A veteran airline mechanic with possible links to members of ISIS in Iraq pleaded guilty on Wednesday to sabotaging a jetliner carrying 150 passengers before the flight took off from the Miami International Airport.

Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani entered a plea deal in Miami federal court after admitting to investigators that he committed sabotage in an attempt to gain overtime to fix the American Airlines plane.

The article goes on to state the following:

He was reportedly upset about an ongoing labor dispute that was denying him overtime work.

In the July 17 incident, pilots were preparing to take off when they received an error notice on the plane’s computer. Ahmed Alani later confessed to “gluing Styrofoam inside the nose of the Boeing 737 so that it disabled a component in the aircraft that monitored factors like airspeed, altitude and the pitch of the plane.”

Alani had worked as an airline mechanic in the U.S. for 30 years. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Iraq. He reportedly said “I do admit the guilt,” through an Arabic interpreter in Miami federal court.

Investigators discovered Islamic State videos on his phone showing mass murders. Alani reportedly sent the video of a person being shot in the head to someone with an Arabic message asking “Allah” to take revenge against non-Muslims.

Prosecutors said his brother is suspected of being involved with ISIS.

The Miami Herald elaborated with the following details:

Alani was not charged with a terrorism-related offense. However, prosecutors said at his detention hearing in September that FBI investigators learned Alani lied about taking a trip to Iraq in March to visit his brother. They also found out he told a fellow American Airlines employee in June that his brother had been kidnapped and was a member of the extremist Islamic group known as ISIS.

The Miami Herald reported that Alani now “faces up to three years in prison under a joint recommendation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and his defense lawyer.”

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