American Airlines mechanic charged with sabotage

7 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

An American Airlines mechanic has been charged with damaging an aircraft in July as he was allegedly “upset” over stalled union contract negotiations, reports BBC.

The plane, with 150 people on board, was scheduled to fly from Miami to Nassau in the Bahamas on 17 July.

But it aborted take-off after the pilots received an error message about the flight computer. Upon inspection, a piece of foam was found glued inside a navigation system part which stopped it from functioning.

Suspect Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani told police he had tampered with the system to cause a delay or have the flight cancelled so that he would get overtime work, according to a criminal complaint filed in a Miami court.

He did not intend to cause any harm to either the plane or the passengers, he is quoted as saying in an affidavit included in the complaint.