Saddam's son arrested for flying lessons

flydog

Well-known member
Joined
Nov 28, 2001
Posts
542
Total Time
2500+
Saddam Hussein’s stepson arrested in Miami

By Jose Dante Parra Herrera and Jeff Shields
Sun-Sentinel
Posted July 3 2002

MIAMI -- A stepson of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was arrested by Immigration and Naturalization Service agents on Wednesday evening after they discovered he was trying to attend a local flight school with a visa that did not authorize him to take classes in the United States, INS officials said.

Mohammed Nur Al-Din Saffi entered the United States through Los Angeles International Airport and then took a connecting flight to Miami, said Jim Goldman, INS spokesman. Saffi, son of Saddam Hussein’s wife, was scheduled to take classes at a school where one of the Sept. 11 terrorists had also taken classes, federal authorities said.

Saffi, a naturalized New Zealander, is an airline mechanic in that country and was planning to take a flight engineering course. He reportedly was to attend the same flight school as Ziad Jarrah, one of the men suspected of commandeering Flight 93 into a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11.

According to an article published in December in One News, a New Zealand Internet site, Saffi was investigated by New Zealand police in the days after the attacks, but they did not find anything on him, the article said.

He was taken to Krome Detention Center.
 

ArcticFlier

SpdmodehdgmodebugV21/2bnk
Joined
Jun 22, 2002
Posts
901
Total Time
16500
Apparently he's no fan of his step-father and is therefore living in another country.

From what I've heard, he is an FE with an airline in NZ.

For what it's worth

AF
 

ShawnC

Skirts Will Rise
Joined
Jan 17, 2002
Posts
1,481
Total Time
-5Z
According to the AP he is an Engineer for the airline in New Zeland flying the 747. He came to the states to take a re-currancy course.
 

canadflyau

Well-known member
Joined
May 2, 2002
Posts
437
Total Time
80/mo
recurrency

Was he going to Aeroservice, the sim place in Miami? If so, don't they have a training program a little closer (in house or over in Aus, maybe Quantas training facility.) If they are reputable and did send him here for his recurrent training they would obviously know what kind of Visa/paperwork required... I am sure they would have sent some pilots over here since 9/11 (almost 10 mos ago) by now and be accustomed with what is required... seems fishy
 

flynhigh31

Member
Joined
Jul 3, 2002
Posts
13
Total Time
65
ArcticFlier said:
Apparently he's no fan of his step-father and is therefore living in another country.

From what I've heard, he is an FE with an airline in NZ.

For what it's worth

AF

The fact that he is linked to Saddam is enough. Send his ass packin'.
 
Top