He came back to seat 19A on the flight from
What no one knew at the time was the 23-year-old Nigerian had an explosive strapped to his body.
Suddenly, passengers heard a loud pop. Abdulmutallab had tried to detonate the device, filled with PETN — also known as the highly explosive pentaerythritol — and triggered flames and smoke.
"I just jumped over the seats and jumped over the suspect," said passenger
"The whole plane was screaming. The suspect didn't say a word. He was just ablaze. He was just entranced."
Schuringa, other passengers and the flight crew were
able to subdue Abdulmutallab, believed to be the son of a prominent
Nigerian banker, extinguish the fire and turn the terrorism suspect
over to federal authorities before the attempt turned into a tragedy
over the skies of
Abdulmutallab, who has told federal authorities he was acting on orders from al-Qaida, was arraigned Saturday at the
The flight carried 279 passengers from all over the
world, traveling home for the holidays, visiting friends abroad and
trying as hard as they could to catch connecting flights once the
As federal authorities dissect what they're calling a terrorist attack, the rest of the world is left wondering how Abdulmutallab got into the country in the first place.
And how, in light of 9/11 and other attempted and successful terrorist attacks, he got an explosive device on a flight.
He also apparently had communicated with
"There's a rather significant connection," he said. "But thank goodness al-Qaida is still somewhat sloppy."
As for the device, it was made of plastic, which wouldn't be detected by airport metal detectors, and passengers saw Abdulmutallab holding a smoking syringe that also was used in trying to detonate the device.
Experts doubted Abdulmutallab's intended target was
"He was just willing to catch any airliner that would take him anywhere in