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Statement from Chairman Thompson on Incident on Detroit Bound Flight

Saturday, December 26, 2009

December 26, 2009 (WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement regarding the incident on a Detroit bound plane (Northwest Airlines Flight 253):

“The Committee on Homeland Security is closely following yesterday’s incident on a flight headed to Detroit from Amsterdam. We are forever indebted to the heroic passengers and flight attendants who sought to subdue the suspect.

The reported act of terrorism – whether directly related to al Qaeda or not – and the response to it will be the focus of an oversight hearing next month. The Committee will get to the bottom of what did and did not happen with Mr. Abdulmutallab and what security precautions need to take place in the future.”

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FOR MORE INFORMATION: Dena Graziano or Adam Comis at (202) 225-9978

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS)

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson

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