MIAMI (Reuters) – A federal law enforcement officer fired his gun on a passenger jetway leading to an American Airlines Corp. plane at Miami International Airport on Wednesday,
CNN reported a passenger who was posing a threat was injured by the gunshot.
American flight 924, a Boeing 757, arrived from Medellin, Colombia, at 12:16 p.m. local time, according to an American Airline’s spokesman. The flight was due to leave for Orlando at 2:18 p.m.
“There has been a shooting on the plane,” Miami-Dade County Police spokeswoman Mary Walters said. She had no further information but initial reports from Miami said the shooting had taken place on the plane.
A federal air marshal opened fire on board an American Airlines flight on the ground at Miami International Airport, according to a law enforcement official who spoke only on condition of anonymity. At least one person was wounded, according to broadcast reports said. The plane had just arrived from Colombia and was headed to Orlando. Television showed police SWAT officers surrounding the plane.
Airport and Miami-Dade County police officials said they had no immediate comment. Airlines officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
And the AP:
Shots were fired Wednesday from a federal air marshal’s gun on board an American Airlines jet that had landed at Miami International Airport, an official said. At least one person was wounded, according to broadcast reports.
We’ve known for a couple years that al Qaeda has gotten friendly with ELN, FARC, and some elements of the Huga Chavez regime in Venezuela.
UPDATE: Will Collier writes:
Pretty sketchy right now, but it looks like a guy claimed to have a bomb, and got shot in the jetway before actually boarding the aircraft. One report I saw said he was arguing with an airline employee and yelled, “It’s not like I have a bomb strapped to me!”
In other words, possibly a nutball, but not a terrorist nutball.
Let’s hope so. Beats my “narco- or Islamic-terrorist caught with his hand in the cookie jar” theory.
UPDATE: The AP now has an eyewitness report:
A passenger on the flight, Mary Gardner, told WTVJ-TV, that she saw a man running “frantically” up the plane’s aisle before he was shot. A woman, apparently the man’s wife, said he suffered from bipolar disorder and had not taken his medication, Gardner said.
Gardner said four to five shots were fired. She could not see the shooting.
After the shooting, police boarded the plane and told the passengers to put their hands on their heads, Gardner said.
“It was quite scary,” she told the station via a cell phone. “They wouldn’t let you move. They wouldn’t let you get anything out of your bag.”
“Thank God everybody seems to be fine.”