American pleads guilty to planting fake bomb on KLM flight

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A KLM Boeing 777 (Photo: Patrick Cardinal/Wikimedia Commons). A KLM Boeing 777 (Photo: Patrick Cardinal/Wikimedia Commons)

An American man pleaded guilty to charges of planting a fake bomb on a KLM flight between Amsterdam and Kilimanjaro, Tanzania in October 2014, the Washington Times reports.

According to the FBI, 22 year old Sean Michael Davies, from Warrenton, Oregon, built the fake bomb and hid it in the bathroom of the KLM flight. He then reported the "bomb" to the crew, resulting in the flight being diverted to Cairo Egypt.

The Prosecutor believes the man did so in order to look like a hero. He was charged "making a false report of a destructive device which could damage or destroy an aircraft, and conveying false information about a destructive device which could damage or destroy an aircraft", according to the FBI. Both charges carry a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a fine of 250 thousand dollars.

Federal prosecutor Charles Gorder told the Washington Times that Davies pleaded guilty to conveying false information concerning a device which could destroy or damage an aircraft. The other charge will be dropped as part of the plea agreement. Davies will be sentenced on May 12th.

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