NBC News: Feds foil Wichita airport worker’s alleged suicide bomb plot

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WICHITA, Kan.- Authorities have charged a 58-year-old airport worker with allegedly planning a suicide bombing at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas Friday.

NBC News is reporting the suspect, Terry Lee Loewen, is an avionics technician who lives in Wichita, Kansas.

An unnamed federal official told NBC News the suspect is an older white man who became radicalized after reading extremist Islamic material online.

The official told NBC News the FBI was watching the man and undercover agents had met with him many times.

Loewen is accused of attempting to use his security pass to drive a vehicle he thought contained explosives onto the tarmac at the airport, law enforcement officials said at a news conference in Wichita.

However, the car contained only dummy explosives.

According to NBC News, Loewen is facing charges including attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

If convicted, he could face lift in prison.