An arrest has been made in the Wichita airport suicide bomb plot. Authorities have arrested a Kansas man who planned to set off a car bomb at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas, the Wichita Eagle reports.
He was arrested at approximately 5:40 a.m. Friday after he tried to enter the airport tarmac with a vehicle, which he believed was filled with explosives.
The man has since been identified as 58-year-old Terry Lee Loewen, an avionics technician who coincidentally worked at the airport for Hawker Beechcraft.
Authorities say Loewen spent months getting acquainted with the layout of the airport, its flight patterns and other pertinent details that would allow him to maximize fatalities and damage in the planned suicide bomb plot. During those months, he schemed up a plan with other conspirators to use his employee access card to execute the attack. To his surprise, these conspirators were actually FBI agents.
Loewen had planned to take his own life in the explosion, a fate that he deemed as inevitable in his quest to become a martyr in a jihad against America, per court documents.
U.S. magistrate has ordered Loewen to remain jailed at least until a hearing next Friday after being deemed a danger to the community and a flight risk. Loewen’s has been charged thus far with one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, one count of attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
If convicted on all counts, he could face life in prison.