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Thu Mar 5, 2020, 10:12 AM

American Airlines mechanic sentenced to 3 years for tampering with plane in Miami

2020/3/4 20:48 (EST) 3/4 21:02 (EST)updated

MIAMI — An American Airlines mechanic convicted of sabotaging a navigation system on a Miami flight with 150 passengers aboard was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday after a legal debate over whether he “recklessly” or “intentionally” endangered the safety of the aircraft.

Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, 60, who pleaded guilty in December to tampering with the aircraft before takeoff last summer at Miami International Airport, received the benefit of a “reckless” finding by U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke. It was based on an agreement between his defense attorney and federal prosecutors.

Had the judge found that his tampering with the plane’s guidance system was intended to bring it down, Alani could have been sent to prison for two to three times longer under federal sentencing guidelines.

n the end, however, Cooke refused to grant the defendant’s request for 2 1/2 years in prison, saying his tampering — despite a backup in place — might have caused “some unfortunate calamity.” The judge noted that even the mechanic told federal investigators that he wouldn’t have wanted his family to be on that plane after he obstructed one of the aircraft’s two air data module systems with a piece of foam-like material. That, in turn, triggered an error alert on the runway before takeoff so that the pilot could return the plane to the gate for maintenance.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/american-airlines-mechanic-sentenced-to-3-years-for-tampering-with-plane-in-miami/

AS a former aircraft technician ( Airframe & Powerplant rating, with FCC radio endorsement) with over 25 years of flight line and hanger experience on commercial aircraft and on all types.............................this just pisses me off to know end, that someone would do this.......................this and was no fucking excuse........................

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Reply American Airlines mechanic sentenced to 3 years for tampering with plane in Miami (Original post)
turbinetree Mar 2020 OP
bluecollar2 Mar 2020 #1
turbinetree Mar 2020 #3
Towlie Mar 2020 #2
turbinetree Mar 2020 #4

Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2020, 10:33 AM

1. Former mechanic myself

4 years Naval Aviation on P-3C Orions, 2 years MRO and over thirty years with AirCal/AA as a mechanic, NDT Inspector and QA inspector, both line and overhaul.

Dont know this guy and dont understand how he gets away with three years

Intentionally tampering with or sabotaging an aircraft or instrument is in my opinion deserving of much more...a significant amount of time in prison, a significant fine and loss of certification.

I'm not sure which FAR addresses this but it needs looking into.

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Response to bluecollar2 (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 5, 2020, 11:01 AM

3. Former Inspector also and he will definitely lose his certificate, that was one of the first things

they pulled.................

18 U.S. Code § 32.Destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities

https://www.justice.gov/archives/jm/criminal-resource-manual-1423-destruction-aircraft-18-usc-32a

and then they most likely used this rule also;

https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/agc/practice_areas/enforcement/enforcement_actions/

And you and I never would know this because we had principles to flight safety......................in my opinion 3 years was not enough....................


Cool experience for you;
me;
Helped build all B1B bombers and did a little work on the space shuttle Atlantis, and then went to commercial aviation, got my degree and and went into the aviation engineering side, inspector, flight line, tech representative for the B-737, it was fun and I love planes

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2020, 10:45 AM

2. You don't have to be an aircraft mechanic to spot a terrorist.

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Response to Towlie (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 5, 2020, 11:07 AM

4. True.......................but if I had seen him do this shit.....................I would have said

something to the authorities, my boss, the FSDO .....................just watching him do this shit and not saying anything makes anyone just as guilty..............he should have gotten more than three years..................

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