DETROIT, MI (WKOW) -- The head of the Federal Aviation Administration says the pilots of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 didn't immediately know that a passenger had attempted to ignite a bomb on the Christmas Day flight.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says there was a "communications gap" between the cockpit and the cabin. He says the cabin crew reported that a passenger had attempted to light firecrackers.
Babbitt told a House subcommittee on Thursday that the incident didn't immediately register as "anything of great seriousness."
A Nigerian man, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, is charged with attempting to blow up the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight. Other passengers saw fire and pounced on him to put out the flames.
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