FBI claims arrested airline mechanic has ties to ISIS

Authorities said they found ISIS videos when they searched Abdul Majeed Alani's cellphone after he was arrested for allegedly sabotaging a full passenger plane.
1:57 | 09/19/19

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Now to those disturbing new allegations about that airline maintenance worker accused of sabotaging a passenger plane in Miami. The FBI discovering possible ties to ISIS. Victor Oquendo is there at Miami international airport with the latest. Good morning, Victor. Reporter: Good morning, a pilot here at Miami international noticed something was wrong with the plane just before taking off and aborted that flight bound for the Bahamas. That mek admitted tampering with the plane but insists he wasn't trying to harm anyone. This morning, that American airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging a passenger jet full of people is being held without bond after the FBI says it made a startling discovery. Authorities say when they searched Abdul Alani's cell phone they found ISIS videos depicting graphic murders and an employee told them Alani traveled to Iraq to visit a brother in ISIS. The accusation that he may have done something to put the airplane in jeopardy breaks that bond of trust with the flying public. Reporter: His family refusing to talk about the allegations outside court Wednesday. Alani seen here in courtroom sketches was arrested two weeks ago after surveillance footage allegedly shows him slipping under a 737 commercial plane and disabling a navigation sensor. The flight crew got a warning as they were close to rolling onto the runway and headed back to the gate. According to authority, Alani admitted to sabotaging the plane which was carrying 150 passengers. But said he did not want to hurt anyone, only to get overtime pay by creating a maintenance problem. The FBI launching a full-scale investigation taking special interest because of the sensitive nature of Alani's job. Because of who he was as the mechanic, he had access to any part of that airplane. Reporter: Authorities say Alani downloaded and shared a message asking Allah to take action against nonbelievers. If convicted of tampering with the plane he faces up to 20 years in prison. Thanks very much.

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