Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, an aircraft mechanic with American Airlines, sabotaged a piece of navigation equipment aboard an aircraft, which later aborted takeoff after the pilots received an error message. When other mechanics examined the device and realized it was deliberately sabotaged, American Airlines immediately contacted federal law enforcement and after an investigation and examination of surveillance videos, Alani was found to be the culprit.
Evidently, this was an attempt to gain overtime, by forcing the aircraft’s return.
You have to seriously question the intelligence of somebody who thinks they could pull this off undetected and the manner in which he disabled the device would have made it clear to all the act was deliberate sabotage, not equipment failure.
At this time, he faces up to 20 years in Federal Prison on the above criminal complaint. It is possible more charges could be added when a Grand Jury formally indicts by September 20th.
There were 150 people on the aircraft. He could later face 150 Florida State charges of reckless endangerment, which would extend his prison stay considerably, if not practically for life.