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Estado:- (No safety board investigation)
Fecha:viernes 25 diciembre 2009
Hora:ca 11:30
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic A333 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-323X
Operador:Northwest Airlines
Registración: N820NW
Numéro de série: 859
Año de Construcción: 2007-08-01 (2 years 5 months)
Motores: 2 Pratt & Whitney PW4168A
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 11
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 278
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 289
Daños en la Aeronave: Ninguno
Ubicación:cerca Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW) (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM), Holanda
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW/KDTW), Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo: 253
An Airbus A330-323X passenger jet, registered N820NW, was involved in a failed attempt to blow-up the aircraft. Northwest Airlines flight NW253 from Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM) was approaching the destination Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW/KDTW) when a passenger attempted to ignite some kind of incendiary device. The man, a 23 year old Nigerian national, had explosive powder taped to his leg and used a syringe of chemicals to mix with the powder that was to cause an explosion. A small fire erupted, but this was put out using a fire extinguisher.
The passenger was immediately subdued. He was arrested by authorities after safely landing at Detroit.

» Detroit airliner incident 'was failed bomb attack' (BBC News, 26-12-2009)


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Distance from Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport to Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI as the crow flies is 6277 km (3923 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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