UPDATED 10:17 AM PT — Wednesday, May 1, 2019
An Australian man has been found guilty of planning a terrorist attack on a flight bound for Abu Dhabi.
According to Wednesday reports, a jury determined Khaled Khayat is guilty of trying to plan an Islamic state-inspired bombing on a flight out of Sydney.
Khayat allegedly hid the explosive device in a meat grinder inside a carry-on, but had to abort the plan after the bag was deemed too heavy to be checked.
Officials emphasized the devastation the attack could have inflicted.
“This is one of the most sophisticated that has ever been attempted on Australian soil, and if it hadn’t been for the great work of our intelligence agencies and law enforcement over a very quick period of time then we very well could have had a catastrophic event,” stated Michael Phelan, Deputy Commissioner for the Australian Federal Police.
Khayat will be sentenced in July and faces up to life in prison.