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Foiled Shoe Bombing of AA 63

Disrupted Suicide Attack

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
LocationNorth Atlantic Ocean
Time Dec. 22, 2001
ParticipantsRichard Reid (Attacker) 1, Sajid Badat (Facilitator) 1, Ali Abdulaziz Ali (Facilitator) 1, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (Operational Commander) 1
Narrative and Notes
ReliableAl-Qaeda operative Richard Reid snuck explosives onto American Airlines Flight 63, a Boeing 767 en route from Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris to Miami, Florida, in an attempt to destroy the plane mid-flight.

During the flight, a flight attendant saw him trying to light a match on his shoe and tried to stop him. Ried fought, and several passengers and crew members eventually disabled him.

The plane diverted to Boston with a fighter escort and Reid was arrested.
1"Detainee Biographies," press release, Director of National Intelligence, Sept. 6, 2006.
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