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Passenger 'Heard Pop, Saw Smoke and Fire'

Response made Michigander proud to be American
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2009 7:48 PM CST
Passenger 'Heard Pop, Saw Smoke and Fire'
A Northwest jet approaches Detroit Metropolitan Airport in this file photo.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A passenger sitting three rows behind the 23-year-old Nigerian man who allegedly tried to detonate an explosive aboard a Detroit-bound flight heard “a pop and saw some smoke and fire.” Then, Syed Jafry tells the Free Press, “a young man behind me jumped on him.” Jafry, a US citizen returning from the United Arab Emirates, said the response made him proud to be an American.

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And while Jafry said there was 10-15 minutes of commotion surrounding the incident, another Northwest passenger knew nothing about it until the plane landed. The man’s wife says she thinks she saw the suspect, “young-looking” Abdul Mudallad, being wheeled away handcuffed to a stretcher.
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