9/11-Style Threat to Attack DC Broadcast During U.S. Flight Ahead of Trump Rally

By Naveed Jamali AND Tom O’Connor
Jan.5, 2021

The U.S. Intelligence Community is investigating a possible threat to Washington, D.C. broadcast during a commercial flight in apparent response to the killing of a leading Iranian general one year ago, Newsweek has learned.

“We are going to fly a plane into the capital on Wednesday to avenge Soleimani’s death,” the unidentified voice said as the airliner flew 36,000 feet over sea, according to the report. The flight was said to have continued without incident. The NCTC said it was currently working alongside the FAA, TSA and FBI and that the situation was being monitored.

Current and former officials were skeptical, however, that Iran was planning any sort of attack, and instead were looking toward a potential connection to domestic groups.

One report detailing the incident and seen partially by Newsweek was compiled by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), which found that the flight deck of a passenger plane traveling from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to JFK Airport in New York heard a robotic voice over the aircraft’s high-frequency radio threatening Washington, D.C. in response to President Donald Trump‘s killing in Iraq last January of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani.

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