Conflicting stories about some form of explosion on a Northwest Airline plane flying from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport to Detroit in the US were being reported by various media on Friday night.
Initially most news organisations, including the BBC, reported that the explosion was caused by fireworks but in the early hours on Saturday morning the BBC said that the incident was being treated by the authorities as an attempted terrorist attack.
The explosion occurred as the Airbus 330 with 278 passengers on board landed at Detroit on Friday afternoon local time. Several people were slightly injured.
According to the BBC, the FBI is involved in investigating the incident.
Some media are reporting that the man, who has been taken into custody, is Nigerian.
According to RTL Nieuws, there are reports that the man should not have been allowed onto the plane as he is on a list of terrorist suspects.
The suspect has claimed that he was acting of behalf of al-Qaeda, according to an unidentified police source, reports Associated Press news service.