Iraq-born American Airlines mechanic charged with sabotaging airplane

An Iraqi-born American Airlines mechanic actually sabotaged an airplane earlier this year and has been charged accordingly:

Here’s more:

MIAMI HERALD – An American Airlines mechanic charged with sabotaging a plane because he was upset over stalled labor contract negotiations was fired from another airline several years ago and briefly had his mechanic’s license suspended, according to court documents.

Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani appeared in federal court in Miami on Friday on a charge of willfully damaging or disabling a plane. Federal investigators say he admitted to tampering with a part that provides vital flight information to pilots.

The pilots aborted the July 17 flight before takeoff in Miami. Alani, 60, was arrested Thursday. He had worked for American since 1988 but was suspended after his arrest.

Court records from a lawsuit in California indicate that for some years, Alani worked both for American and Alaska Airlines until Alaska fired him in 2008 after several errors including failing to verify that repairs were working and installing the wrong battery on a plane. The Federal Aviation Administration suspended his mechanic’s certificate for 30 days, according to court documents.



All the headlines say he’s Muslim, and it’s probably true. But without knowing the man I hate to presume just based on his name.

However sabotaging an airplane is very 9/11 and that was decidedly Muslim:

In Miami on Friday, Alani wore shackles and tan jail clothes as he spoke to Magistrate Judge John O’Sullivan through an Arabic interpreter. Mostly, he answered basic questions about his assets and whether he could afford a lawyer. The judge appointed a public defender and scheduled a bond hearing for next Wednesday and an arraignment hearing on Sept. 20.

According to American, Alani is proficient in English.

Nothing in the criminal complaint against Alani suggests any link to terrorism, and prosecutors did not indicate that any such charges are pending.

When interviewed Thursday by investigators, “Alani stated that his intention was not to cause harm to the aircraft or its passengers,” according to the affidavit by Jose A. Ruiz, a federal air marshal who serves on an FBI terrorism task force.

Alani explained that stalled contract negotiations between American Airlines and the mechanics’ unions were hurting him financially — he said in court that he has two cars but few other assets besides property in the Sarasota, Florida, area worth about $5,500.

Alani said he tampered with the plane “to cause a delay or have the flight canceled in anticipation of obtaining overtime work,” Ruiz wrote.

It’s possible Alani is telling the truth, but if so what a numbskull thing to do. He was born in Iraq and was undoubtedly here when 9/11 occurred. Just what was the thinking sabotaging an airplane that was about to take off?

It will be very hard for him to convince everyday Americans that he didn’t have ulterior motives and I can’t blame them for being suspicious. I know I am…

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60 thoughts on “Iraq-born American Airlines mechanic charged with sabotaging airplane

  1. He knew exactly what he was doing & people could have died. Big elephant in the room & we all know it. The fact that he didn’t care if people died intentionally…yeah

    1. I read about this over at Jihad Watch a few days ago, and the defect would have prevented the pilots from getting critical information and the plane would not have taken off.

  2. How many Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani’s work as airplane mechanics?

    Anyways, “he spoke to Magistrate Judge John O’Sullivan through an Arabic interpreter…” doesn’t the Iraqi-“American” speak English? Where did he get the mechanic license from? There are so many questions that need to be answered… soooo, a labor contract dispute is enough to place hundreds of lives in danger?

    Just imagine if the mechanic was a Red Maga Hat-wearing white boy!!??… the news coverage it would be getting today!!

    1. Interesting that Alaska Airlines fired him for “errors”. And didn’t American Airlines say he speaks fluent English?
      I think he speaks Taquiya.

  3. Whatever his reason he doesn’t belong anywhere near any transportation objects. Sounds like a nutcase who would intentionally hit your car because you didn’t hit the gas fast enough when the light changed color.

  4. I take this incident with great emotion & anger at what he did. Our only son, 3 year old granddaughter & daughter-in-law flew in and out of Florida shortly after this. I for one am not believing his lame story at all. Time will reveal his true motive.

    1. What scares the bejeebers out of me is the number of people from similar lands who are employed in various capacities at airports all over the country. My husband was in construction and worked quite often on jobs at SeaTac. He was dismayed at the number of security infractions he observed inside and outside the airport. Especially since he (and every one of his co-workers) had to undergo extensive background checks before receiving clearance.

  5. I know I am too Scoop( suspicious) . Talking with family and friends how it seems too many have forgotten about 9-11. First people vote in a treasonous liar name of Barrack Husein Obama then we have people with names like
    Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani’s working on our airplanes and only given a 30 day suspension for sabotage. I sure miss our Country before 9-11 when it seemed more Americans had common sense.

    1. “I sure miss our Country before 9-11 when it seemed more Americans had common sense.”

      But that didn’t prevent 9-11. Just saying.

    2. Or at least, when we FELT naively secure in our country. I’m sure the stupid didn’t just start post 9-11. We just didn’t see it on a daily basis the way we do nowadays..

  6. “Alani stated that his intention was not to cause harm to the aircraft or its passengers,”

    Uhmm, yes he did! He tampered with the plane. That’s like cutting someone’s break cable and saying you were innocent when the car crashes.

    1. Right hand?

      I’m pretty confident that ValJar was running things exclusively most of the time, and that Barack was just a black puppet to hold up and smile for the cameras. How the heck else do you explain how much that man golfed? He didn’t have anything better to do, because ValJar was doing it.

  7. He wanted to go die and be with Alah and the route he wanted to take to get to Alah was to sacrifice all those innocent travelers in the plane

  8. I just remembered that our son texted us that 3 flights for them to leave FL were all cancelled due to “possible mechanical issues” & he said many other flights were being cancelled for the same reason. Could be coincidence but it is odd that many flights out were cancelled at the same time. Weather was not an issue at the time. He had to pay another airline to fly to Minnesota, spend the night and fly back to OH the next morning or they were stranded for 2 weeks! I’ve never been a conspiracy person whatsoever, but the time frame makes me wonder if other planes were being inspected.

  9. In Baltimore yesterday, there were original reports of a van parked with 1,000 gallon of gasoline in a downtown garage. Immediately, the first World Trade Center bombing or Timothy McVeigh came to mind. 9/11 in 2 days, Trump in town in 3. It turned out to be a van with 80 gallons of stolen diesel fuel. Nothing to see here the authorities said. But it still begs the questions why all that fuel and why parked in that garage? Like the Miami airport report, I believe there’s more here than they want to let out to the public.

    1. Government cannot protect the nation. All that is happening today proves that we can never give up our weaponry.

    2. Tweet from Derek
      https://twitter.com/derekmaltz_sr/status/1171527367010836480?s=21

      Hard to believe Bin Laden’s son is living in Fort Worth!

      Why are we in this situation? Our elected officials do not care about protecting America!
      It’s so upsetting when you think about what your kids and future grandkids will face in the future when you may not be here with them. Heavenly Father please send your angels to protect us from our enemies. We love you. We are thankful that You triumphed openly at Calvary against darkness. And You will scatter our enemies. No foe can stand against You. In Jesus Name we pray, amen.

  10. WHERE is the common sense today?! No airline in their right mind should hire a mooslum mechanic, pilot, or other employee, particularly after using American A/L to destroy NYC! My how America forgets.

    1. Never mind hiring him for a mechanic position. We hire them as Congress critters. Our country has more than it’s share of dunces, sadly.

    2. The airports hire many of them. I see them all over SeaTac in mostly maintenance/janitorial capacities. I imagine most large airports have their share as well.

  11. Seems by hiring this guy ‘American’ airlines has also forgotten 9/11. Seriously, he doesn’t speak English? Doing the job Americans don’t want to do has new meaning with this one.

  12. A wrongful termination lawsuit based on racial profiling in… 3, 2, 1… and yes, American Airlines would fold in a heartbeat. You see, Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani could not read the instructions because they were in English; American Airlines was culturally, racially, and linguistically insensitive by not providing the instructions in Arabic.

    1. CE, How about we face facts and agree that it is not in our best interest to
      put avowed enemies of the West in such positions that they can do harm.
      Political Correctness be damned.

    2. He was fired from Alaska Air for “mistakes” and sued them for discrimination. Surprisingly he was unsuccessful. I want to know how he managed to get a job at AA after being fired as an Alaska Air mechanic. I agree with you about the lawsuit…. All the muslims have to do is threaten and the corporations roll over. (This leads me to believe the problems at Alaska were significant because they were someehow able to defend against a discrimination suit.)

  13. Speaking of terrorists who intend to murder Americans and Israelis, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) discovered a facility in Tehran, which Israel claimed was used by the Islamic republic as a “secret atomic warehouse,” and it has been found to contain traces of uranium, Reuters reported Sunday. The IAEA found the uranium traces while investigating the facility, which Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cited during an address to the United Nations General Assembly last year as proof that Iran had been storing radioactive material in violation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/09/israel-discovers-uranium-in-secret-nuclear-warehouse-islamic-republic-of-iran

    1. I still don’t know why we don’t just GIVE them some nuclear bombs. One for Tehran. One for Mashhad. One for Isfahan. On for Shahroud. Etc.

  14. Just dig a little bit on any story and you always find the unions, some way or another.
    This time the air transportation unions, most of the time it is one of the public employee unions.

  15. Surely the BAN THE GUN crowd will start a BAN re anyone named Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Yabbadabbadoo from piloting US airplanes.

  16. I rented a house once from a Chinese couple. When we might be chatting
    or just being friendly he always spoke English very well. But if the subject
    was something he didn’t want to talk about (Mr. Chen, you didn’t fix …)
    then he always lost his ability to comprehend, it benefited him.

    This guy’s doing the same thing. It benefits him now to fall back on his
    “poor immigrant from Iraq, just a union guy looking out for the little guy,
    can only speak my native language” schtick.

    It’s going to be interesting to see how the Dems spin this.

    1. He’s a union aviation mechanic and he needs a public defender? Where did all of his money go to, Hamas? I knew a mechanic who worked at O’hare and he retired fairly comfortably in the suburbs at a relatively early age.

  17. this was a sophisticated sabotage as the ‘navigation computers’ checked out prior to leaving the gate and the presumed copilot noticed a discrepancy while inline for take off. the claimed motive smells fishy because of it.

  18. An Iraq-born American is after a terror attack an American in Name Only. I would strip his passport away. And the same is true for Tlaib and Omar.

  19. For God’s sake what the hell were they thinking of hiring a Muslim to work on planes? It’s like expecting a poisonous snake not to bite you while poking at it.

    1. Or as someone else said in another post (and when I repeated it on nextdoor I got banned); An appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile, hoping it will eat him last!!!

  20. Worked as a mechanic since 1988 and, in 2019, is “still not proficient in English” and needs an interpreter. How the F**K does he read manuals for airplane maintenance. I guess I’ll take the bus.

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