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The terrorism task force says they were alerted when someone reported he was trying to upgrade his pilot rating when he was not yet qualified yet. He reportedly became aggressive and tried to have the flight school accelerate his training schedule.
Managers at the flight school, however, knew nothing of his reported aggression and said they were surprised at the alert.
They say he was already a pilot and was trying to get his rating for multiple engine planes, commercial grade, and an instrument rating for multi-engine planes.
In the alert bulletin, agents say Hajaig had no known means of income and that he possibly fled the country when he was alerted to the task force’s interest in him.
Earlier this year when he learned of the federal investigation, Hajaig abruptly left the country. British police know where he is but have not arrested him.
"We don't know if he's a terrorist or not," said former FBI counterterrorism chief Harry Brandon. "But he's absolutely picture-perfect in a profile, and a profile that would cause intense investigative effort. There's no question about that."
Despite supposedly higher scrutiny of foreign nationals after the 9/11 attacks, Hajaig was able to enroll in flight school in 2002. The government did not require background checks for foreign nationals enrolling in flight schools until October 2004.
Another concern is how Hajaig was able to sneak out of the country after he became the subject of a terrorism investigation.
Law enforcement officials had no comment.
Originally posted by Zipdot
He has now been arrested.
A BRITON who trained as a pilot at the same American flight school as two of the September 11 hijackers has been arrested after an international terror alert issued by the FBI.