- 2001 Shoe bomb plot
Infobox terrorist attack
title=2001 Shoe bomb plot
caption=Matt Lauer of
Today (NBC Program)with the crew of Flight 63, the "Shoebomber" flight.
location=En route to
Miami, Florida, U.S. from Paris, France
Charles de Gaulle International Airport
Miami International Airport
22 December, 2001
perps=Richard ReidThe 2001 Shoe bomb plot was a failed bombing attempt that occurred on American Airlines Flight 63 on
22 December 2001.
During a flight on
American AirlinesFlight 63 flight, as it was flying over the Atlantic Ocean, Richard Colvin Reid— an Islamic fundamentalist from the United Kingdom, and alleged/self-proclaimed Al Qaedaoperative — carried shoes that were packed with two types of explosives. He had been refused permission to board this flight the day before.
Passengers on the flight complained of a smoke smell shortly after meal service. One flight attendant, Hermis Moutardier, walked the aisles of the plane to assess the source. She found Reid sitting alone near a window attempting to light a match. Moutardier warned him that smoking was not allowed on the airplane and Reid promised to stop. A few minutes later, Moutardier found Reid leaning over in his seat and unsuccessfully attempted to get his attention. After asking him what he was doing, Reid grabbed at her, revealing one shoe in his lap, a fuse leading into the shoe, and a lit match. She tried grabbing Reid twice, but he pushed her to the floor each time, and she screamed for help. When another flight attendant, Cristina Jones, arrived to try to subdue him, he fought her and bit her thumb. The 6 feet 4 inch (193 centimeters) tall Reid was eventually subdued by other passengers on the aircraft, using plastic handcuffs, seatbelt extensions, and headphone cords. A doctor administered
Valiumfound in the flight kit of the aircraft. [" [http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101020909/aattendants.html Courage in the Air] ." "TIME".] Many of the passengers were aware of the situation when the pilot announced that the flight was to be diverted to Logan International Airportin Boston, Massachusetts. Two fighter jets escorted Flight 63 to Logan Airport.The plane was parked in the middle of the runway and Reid was arrested on the ground while the rest of the passengers were bussed to the main terminal. Authorities later found over 100 grams of plastic TATP and PETNhidden in the hollowed soles of his black basketball shoes, enough to blow a substantial hole in the aircraft. He was later convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
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