Police: Bomb found on UPS plane could have detonated over U.S. East Coast plane

November 11th, 2010 - 12:36 am ICT by BNO News  

LONDON (BNO NEWS) — Scotland Yard on Wednesday said an explosive device found aboard a U.S.-bound UPS cargo plane in England last month could have detonated over the U.S. East Coast, possibly causing it to crash.

The bomb was found on a UPS plane that arrived at East Midlands Airport in England from Cologne, Germany at 2.13 a.m. UK time on October 29. A printer, containing a printer cartridge with explosives, was removed from the plane and eventually made safe.

Another bomb was discovered at a FedEx facility in Dubai, after it had traveled on two Qatar Airways passenger flights. It was scheduled to continue to the United States on another UPS cargo plane, but was found in time.

British police on Wednesday said that the explosive device found in England was set to be activated at 10.30 a.m. UK time (5.30 a.m. EDT). “If the device had not been removed from the aircraft the activation could have occurred over the eastern seaboard of the US,” Scotland Yard said.

Earlier, British officials said that the bomb found in England was powerful enough to bring down the aircraft if had been detonated during the flight. Other officials had also said that it was likely the intention to cause the aircraft to crash in the United States.

Last week, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attempted terrorist attack, saying it will continue to strike American interests and the interests of America’s allies.

In addition, the Al Qaeda affiliate also claimed responsibility for the crash of a UPS cargo plane in Dubai in September. However, local and U.S. authorities have not found any evidence to indicate that the aircraft crashed as a result of a bomb blast. However, the cause remains under investigation.

As a result of the attempted terrorist attacks, the United States on Monday announced an immediate ban on toner and ink cartridges over 16 ounces (453 grams) on passenger aircraft, while extending a Yemeni air cargo ban to Somalia.

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