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Hero
    (1971- )
    Born in Netherlands
    Resident of Amsterdam
    Dutch filmmaker
    Tackled would-be bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on Northwest Airlines flight 253 (December 25, 2009)
    He reached Abdulmutallab by climbing over the seats, which might be a safety violation. (Granted, not as big a violation as setting off an explosive.)
    He was nicknamed 'The Flying Dutchman,' which seems ironic given that the 'Flying Dutchman' ship was considered a portent of doom.
    CNN bought a cell phone photo that he took of Abdulmutallab for $18,000, then scored an exclusive interview.
    He suffered burns on his hands from yanking a flaming syringe out of Abdulmutallab's pants.
    He got Abdulmtallab into a headlock to keep him from setting off any additional explosives.
    He was applauded by his fellow passengers as they left the plane.
    He said, 'A lot of people were trying to help. We had very brave flight attendants. They're also heroes.'
    He said of his actions, 'I had to do something. If you wait, you might die.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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