Conflicting stories are circulating in regards to flight 253 and the number of people taken into custody in the aftermath of the attempted terror attack on Christmas day.
Kurt and Lori Haskell, two Taylor attorneys, say they saw a man get questioned by federal officials and later led away in handcuffs after a sniffer dog reacted to something in the man’s carry-on luggage in the airport’s baggage area. The man, who appeared to be in his early 30s and of Indian descent, was taken to a room for questioning and later led out of that room in handcuffs, they said.
The FBI has said only one man from the flight was arrested. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian being held at the Milan federal prison, is charged with trying to destroy an aircraft and taking a destructive device aboard an aircraft. He created a small fire before landing when he tried to set off explosive chemicals hidden in his underwear, according to court records. Passengers jumped on him and put out the blaze with the help of the flight crew.
Ron Smith, chief Customs and Border Protection officer in the Detroit area, said the Haskells’s account appears to be a composite of two events at the airport around the time passengers got off Flight 253. Both events were unrelated to the suspected terrorist incident, Smith said.
A man from another flight Northwest Flight 249, also from Amsterdam, Netherlands was arrested at the jetway as he got off his flight and would have been led handcuffed through the area where the Flight 253 passengers were gathered, Smith said. He would not release the name of the man because he said he was arrested on suspicion of immigration violations, not on a criminal matter.
From MLive – The Haskells Account
Following up on a visit from FBI officials about an eyewitness account first described to MLive.com, Michigan attorney Kurt Haskell described the visit in comment sections across MLive on Wednesday.
Haskell and his wife, Lori, were aboard Flight 253 when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to destroy the plane. They say another man tried to help Abdulmutallab board the plane in Amsterdam.
Haskell had two detailed posts in two different stories. Part 1 can be read here