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News Wrap: Passenger Allegedly Tries to Set Off Bomb on Flight to Detroit

December 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM EST
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In other news, a passenger allegedly tried to blow up a Delta Air Lines flight today as it landed in Detroit, police in Pakistan said they plan to charge five American Muslims with violating anti-terror laws, and a Christmas Eve bus crash in mountains of Peru has killed at least 42 people.
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HARI SREENIVASAN: Good evening.

A passenger allegedly tried to blow up a Delta Air Lines flight today as it landed in Detroit. It happened as the Airbus 330 was coming in from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Associated Press cited a senior counterterrorism official, who said the suspect tried to set off a bomb, but it failed. Initial reports had said that passengers set off firecrackers, before being subdued. There were minor injuries reported.

Police in Pakistan now say they plan to charge five American Muslims with violating their anti-terror laws. The men were taken to a magistrate today after being detained earlier this month. They allegedly had maps of a Pakistani air force base and power plants, plus e-mails linking them to militants. The Pakistan case could hamper efforts to return the men to the U.S. to face charges of aiding a terrorist group.

A Christmas Eve bus crash in the Andes Mountains of Peru killed at least 42 people. Most were farmers and merchants on their way home for the holidays. The bus plunged 250 feet into a ravine. Some 3,500 people die every year in highway accidents in Peru. The accidents are often blamed on poorly maintained mountain roads and under-regulated bus companies.

At least 47,000 Filipinos spent Christmas Day in shelters to escape the eruption of the Mayon volcano. Clowns attempted to entertain children, while the army tried to keep families from returning home until the danger passes.

The volcano has erupted 40 times over the last 400 years, forcing evacuations. This was the first time people have been forced to flee an eruption during Christmas.