Mechanic accused of sabotaging plane with 150 on board

He allegedly said he was losing money without a deal between American Airlines and his union and hoped for overtime pay by delaying the flight.
1:26 | 09/07/19

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We turn next to the airline mechanic accused of sabotaging an American airlines flight with 150 people on board. Pilots noticing the problem moments befortake off. Reporter: It was an American airlines 737 with 150 people on board that a 60 year old mechanic is accused of sabotaging. Ahmed Alani in jail tonight for the mid-july incident. He's charged with disabling a navigation sensor. Discovered, when the jet was at the runway. Pilots powered up the engines, got a warning light, and returned to the gate. The mechanic allegedly blocked an air data system. Air travels through into a tube outside the aircraft to a module inside. The mechanic allegedly plugged the port where the air would enter that computer module with a styrafoam material and super glue. That means critical data, the air speed, the pitch, nose up or down, from that sensor, would not be available for the crew. American and the mechanics union have been embroiled in a battle for years. The mechanic says he was losing money without a deal, and hoped for overtime by delaying the flight. Labor tensions are not unusual, but when it comes to the point of putting the flying public, the people who are paying your paycheck at risk, it then becomes unconscionable. When your rrb -- putting the people at risk, it's unconscionable. If convicted he could face up to 20 years in prison. When we can come back the

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