JERUSALEM: Reporting the story behind Osama bin Laden’s inspiration for framing the idea of deadly 9/11 terror attacks, al-Qaeda’s weekly magazine al-Masrah said that Laden received the inspiration from a 1999 plane crash in which, an Egyptian pilot deliberately downed his plane in the Atlantic Ocean. al-Qaida said that the Egyptian pilot Gamil al-Batouti, had laid the foundation for a new revenge technique which saw the US suffer for more than two years.
According to the magazine, when Laden heard about the downing of the EgyptAir flight from Los Angeles to Cairo, he asked “Why didn’t he crash it into a nearby building?”. Hence, seeding the idea on targeting buildings.
Investigations into the 1999 Egypt plane crash revealed that the co-pilot al-Batouti may have deliberately downed the plane into Atlantic Ocean in a bid to commit suicide or as revenge against the government for taking disciplinary actions against him in a case earlier. However, Osama was least bothered about the motive of the crash than the idea of a deadly-strategy that he had just thought of.
Later on, Laden had reportedly shared his idea of targeting buildings with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was identified as the ‘Principal architect of the 9/11 terror attacks’ by the 9/11 commission report. al-Masrah said Osama’s idea was further modified by Khalid Sheikh, who had later approached Laden with the master-plan of targeting the World Trade Center.
Eventually, the final plan implemented by al-Qaida was a combination of Khalid Sheik’s and Osama’s ideas – to crash American air planes into the prominent buildings of the country.