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If Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had succeeded in bringing down Northwest Airlines Flight 253, the bombing would not only have killed hundreds but would also have had a large effect on the U.S. economy, already reeling from the effect of the worst recession since the Great Depression, and would have devastated the critical aviation and tourism businesses.
On Christmas Day, Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was arrested for trying to blow up a
In late January 2010, bin Laden released a tape praising the Nigerian who had recently tried to blow up the Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day, saying, “The message delivered to you through the plane of the heroic warrior Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was a confirmation of the previous messages sent by the heroes of the Sept. 11.”
And if the Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had brought down the Northwest Airlines flight over Detroit on Christmas Day of 2009, it would have been al-Qaeda’s most successful attack on an American target since it destroyed the World Trade Center towers and a wing of the Pentagon.