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Underwear Bomber Lawsuit: New York Man Sues Airlines In 2009 Detroit Attack

Underwear Bomber Lawsuit

12/22/11 12:17 AM ET   AP

NEW YORK -- A New York man has sued two airlines for $10 million in damages for injuries he says he incurred when he jumped on a Nigerian man who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner with a bomb in his underwear.

Theophilus Maranga (THEE'-oh-fih-lihs muh-RAHN'-guh) filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. He named as defendants Delta Air Lines, Inc., Air France-KLM and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (OO'-mahr fah-ROOK' ahb-DOOL'-moo-TAH'-lahb), who awaits sentencing after admitting he tried to blow up the plane.

Maranga claims the airlines were negligent to let Abdulmutallab aboard. The Wappinger Falls man says he suffered numerous injuries after jumping on Abdulmutallab when he tried to bring down a Christmas 2009 Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight with 290 people aboard.

Messages left with the airlines haven't been returned.

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