Jaspar Schuringa climbed over the passenger next to him and helped the cabin crew bring down Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (Abdul Mudallad) aboard Northwest Airline flight 253, and we know now that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is the bomber first identified as Abdul Mutallad. See two videos below. See Update 12-27-09 below.
Mr. Schuringa is reportedly a Dutch video director. Here’s what he saw:
…he heard a loud bang that sounded like a firecracker going off at which
point somebody started shouting: ‘Fire! Fire!’
He then noticed smoke coming from Abdulmutallab’s seat, although the suspect remained still.
Mr Schuringa claimed he then jumped
over the passenger sitting next to him and lunged over Abdulmutallab’s
seat, at which point he saw the Nigerian had his trousers down with a
burning object between his legs.
‘I pulled the object from him and
tried to extinguish the fire with my hands and threw it away,’ Mr
Schuringa said. ‘My hands are pretty burned. I am fine.’
Abdulmutallab seemed dazed, he said.
Mr Schuringa then ripped off items of the suspect’s clothing to make
sure no more devices were strapped to his body before a crew member
The other passengers then burst into applause, Mr Schuringa said.