A 43-year old man has been found guilty of possessing explosives with intent to endanger life or property.
Prosecutors at Manchester Crown Court, UK, said Nadeem Muhammad intended to detonate a pipe bomb device on a Ryanair flight between Manchester, UK (IATA: MAN) and Bergamo (BGY), Italy.
The Court heard that a “crude improvised explosive device” was discovered in Muhammad’s cabin baggage as he passed through one of Manchester Airport’s security screening checkpoints on January 30.
When the item was discovered, Muhammad told security staff that someone else had put the item in his carry-on luggage. The item was swabbed, but no traces of explosives were found.
Muhammad was questioned by police at the time, but as they did not realise the item was a potential bomb, he was not arrested. Muhammad then returned to the airport six days later and flew to Italy.
When explosive experts examined the device, built using batteries, a marker pen tube, masking tape and wire, they found it to be “potentially viable.”
Muhammad was also questioned by Italian police, but was released, enabling him to board a flight back to Manchester on February 12, where he was arrested upon arrival.
Muhammad’s motive remains unknown. He is due to be sentenced on August 23.