WASHINGTON Dec 25 U.S. authorities believe an
incident involving a small explosion aboard a Delta-Northwest
Airlines flight to Detroit on Friday was an attempted act of
terrorism, a White House official said.
The Transportation Security Administration said the person
responsible for the incident was taken into custody and the
plane, which departed from Amsterdam, had landed safely in
"We believe this was an attempted act of terrorism," a
White House official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
President Barack Obama is on vacation in Hawaii and was
monitoring the situation.
CNN said some sort of "small explosive device" had
detonated inside the passenger cabin, and a fire warning light
had gone on. Two passengers had received minor injuries, Delta
The aircraft had been moved to a remote area at Detroit's
airport where the plane and all baggage were being rescreened,
the TSA said.
The aircraft, Northwest Airlines 253, was an Airbus 330
carrying about 278 passengers. Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) has
taken over Northwest.
"Passengers may notice additional screening measures put
into place to ensure the safety of the traveling public on
domestic and international flights," Department of Homeland
Security said a statement.
Representative Peter King, who sits on the House of
Representatives Homeland Security Committee, said the explosive
device was "fairly sophisticated," and the suspect was a
"When it did go off, he himself was seriously injured. He
has third degree burns. ... It appears to be different from
what we've encountered before," King told Fox News.