Passengers on board Northwest Flight 253 are being credited with averting an attempt to blow up the plane as it came in on approach to Detroit. One passenger above all the others it appears, snapped into a go mode to restrain the would-be bomber. Jasper Schuringa, apparently climbed over several other passengers after hearing popping sounds and seeing smoke. The film director then burned his hands as he both restrained the bomber and tried to put out the fire.
“I was thinking, Oh, he’s trying to blow up the plane. I was trying to search his body for any explosive. I took some kind of object that was already melting and smoking, and I tried to put out the fire and when I did that I was also restraining the suspect.” -Jasper Schuringa in the NY Times
According to the Justice Department “23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had a device containing a high explosive attached to his body on Flight 253 from -AP. As the flight neared Detroit’s airport on Friday, Abdulmutallab set it off — but it sparked a fire instead of an explosion.”