Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Air Marshall Shoots Passenger
On Flight Bound For Florida


Details are sketchy right now. It sounds like the guy could have simply been a lunatic:


MIAMI - A passenger who claimed to have a bomb in a carry-on bag was shot by a federal air marshal Wednesday on a jetway connected to an American Airlines plane that had just arrived from Colombia, officials said.

The passenger's condition was not immediately disclosed.

Homeland Security Department spokesman Brian Doyle said after the plane had parked at the gate, a passenger indicated there was a bomb in the bag. The passenger was confronted by air marshals but ran off the plane, Doyle said.

A team of air marshals pursued and ordered the passenger to get on the ground. The passenger did not comply and was shot when apparently reaching into a bag, Doyle said.

The plane, Flight 924, had just arrived from Medellin, Colombia, and was headed on to Orlando.
Airport and Miami-Dade County police officials said they had no immediate comment. American Airlines officials confirmed the shooting was on a jetway.


"All I know is that it was on the jet bridge, outside the aircraft," American spokesman Tim Wagner said. "I don't know yet if the passenger had been on the plane and was getting off, or was starting to board the aircraft."

Martin Gonzalez, spokesman for Colombia's civil aviation agency, said the flight "left normally with no problems."

He said he did not have a list of passengers who were aboard the plane.


Interesting that this happened on Pearl Harbor Day.

UPDATE: The Passenger died, and it looks like he was crazy:

MIAMI - A passenger who claimed to have a bomb in a carry-on bag was shot and killed by a federal air marshal Wednesday on a jetway to an American Airlines plane that had arrived from Colombia, officials said.

Homeland Security Department spokesman Brian Doyle said the dead passenger was a 44-year-old U.S. citizen.
It was the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks that an air marshal had shot at a passenger or suspect, he said.


A witness said that the man frantically ran down the aisle of the Boeing 757 and that a woman with him said he was mentally ill.


The thing is, the Air Marshall did the right thing. How sad.