Northwest Flight 253 Security Incident

December 27, 2009 - On December 25, 2009, Northwest Flight 253, an A-330 from AMS to DTW, experienced an in-flight security incident approximately 30 miles from landing. According to news media reports, a Nigerian national smuggled some flammable and/or explosive materials on his person and attempted to ignite them while in his seat. This resulted in a fire, but no explosion. The perpetrator, who claimed to be an al Qaeda operative, suffered serious burns in the process and was taken into law enforcement custody upon landing at DTW.
• TSA’s Web site provides information to the public regarding the security measures currently in place following the Dec. 25th incident. Click here for more information.