Sunday, December 27, 2009

We have a hero, Folks!

Chaos erupted as alleged would-be terrorist and former British student Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, 23, tried to set off a bomb strapped to his body as his flight prepared to touch down in Detroit.

Jasper Schuringa, a film director who was travelling to the US to visit friends, was sitting to the right of Abdul Mutallab, when he heard the noise of the device being detonated.
"Suddenly, we heard a bang. It sounded like a firecracker went off," he told the New York Post.
"When [it] went off, everybody panicked... then someone screamed, 'Fire! Fire!
"I saw smoke rising from a seat... I didn't hesitate. I just jumped.

Mr Schuringa dived over four passengers to reach Abdul Mutallab's seat, and saw the suspect had a blanket on his lap.

"It was smoking and there were flames coming from beneath his legs," Mr Schuringa said.
"I searched on his body parts and he had his pants open. He had something strapped to his legs."
Mr Schuringa tore a flaming, molten object which resembled a small, white shampoo bottle off Abdul Mutallab's left leg. He said he put out the fire with his bare hands.

Mr Schuringa shouted for water, and members of the flight crew soon appeared with fire extinguishers.
Then, he said, he hauled the suspect out of the seat.
"I took him in a choke to the first class and all the people were like, 'What's going on?'" he added.
"I don't feel like a hero. It was something that came completely natural... it was something where I had to do something or it was too late."

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