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Dutchman is 'hero' in terrorist plane drama

Saturday 26 December 2009

A 32-year-old businessman from Amsterdam was described as a ‘hero’ in various media reports on Saturday for his role in over-powering an alleged terrorist who tried to blow up a Northwest Airline jet as it landed at Detroit airport in the US on Christmas Day.

The reports say Jasper Schuringa, one of the passengers on flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, did not hesitate for a minute when he saw a Nigerian man stand up suddenly and cause an explosion which started a fire.

According to the Telegraaf website, Schuringa climbed over frightened passengers to reach the Nigerian and ‘dived’ onto him ‘in a sort of blind fury’.

Schuringa held the man in a head lock until the plane landed and police arrived, says the Telegraaf. He is believed to have burnt his hand while tackling the terrorist suspect who apparently had an explosive device strapped to his leg.

Jasper Schuringa’s parents, Bob en Ingrid Schuringa, told the Telegraaf: ‘He said that he had climbed over the seats at top speed when he saw what the guy was doing. Then he hit him, dragged him to the front of the plane and returned to put out the flames. We are extremely proud of him but also really shocked because in one second it could have ended up very differently’.

Jasper Schuringa, who has a video production company, is not expected to return to the Netherlands until January 8. According to the Telegraaf, he is spending a few days with a friend in Miami before going on to Costa Rica.

'A lot of screaming'

Various eye witness reports of what happened on the flight have been published on the American and Dutch media.

‘I heard a lot of screaming, turned round and saw some 15 meters away a flame at least a meter high. People were standing and the crew rushed to the spot,’ passenger Theo Siep is quoted as saying on the Nos website. He said that people were trying to put out the fire with bottles of water.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Thanks to the hero of the Northwest Flight who acted immediately to save others on that plane. Thank you to your country for this fine citizen! He deserves a medal!

By Susan Jones | 26 December 2009 4:39 PM

Wow; what a brilliant man, Mr. Schuringa is! He should be greatly honoured just as Mr. Wilders should be, for their utmost bravery! And he should work for the Intelligence office!

By Katharina Sri (former: Noor Aza Othman) | 26 December 2009 5:02 PM

Here's to the Christmas Hero, Jasper Schuringa, of Flight 253! Hoo Rah! Hoo Rah! Hoo Rah!
The American people thankyou!

By Steve Real | 26 December 2009 7:45 PM

Jasper Schuringa deserves to be acknowledged as an International Hero after subduing the terrorist who tried to blow up the plane he was on. I only hope that if I am ever in a similar situation that I will exhibit the character and courage that you showed on this day! Thank You!

By Robby Beck | 26 December 2009 8:14 PM

Thank you Mr.J asper Schuringa for your heroic efforts, and thank you Holland for your brave and selfless countryman. I hope your country pays tribute to this noble man. As a frequent (American) traveler between Amsterdam and Detroit, I hope there is a speedy investigation into the security issue at Schipol.

By Scott from Michigan | 27 December 2009 4:21 AM

Jasper Schuringa deserves the highest honors and reward for his bravery. I am very proud of him, he is an international Hero and deserves to be rewarded for his selfless act of heroism.

By sandra | 27 December 2009 12:03 PM

I do wish that Jasper will be safe

By sharkbait | 27 December 2009 11:06 PM

As others flying back and forth, I was very happy to hear that someone really did something,action. Thank you Jasper

By Jan Frank | 28 December 2009 4:36 AM

Great work Mr. Jasper Schuringa. We are proud of you.

By Mehmood | 28 December 2009 7:37 AM

Thank you Mr.Schuringa for your heroic analogic parallel display of heroism, and your willingness to render your life for others which reflects the greatness of a nation, and your character of response creates positive attributes of courage. Remember it the quality of life which we live, that will reflect the glory and love of God. We are faithful to prayer for you, your nation, and family.
Thanks, A Million.

Pastor Leroy Ware

By Pastor Leroy Ware | 1 January 2010 8:36 PM

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