Model plane in Waltham building triggers FBI probe
WALTHAM, Mass.—The FBI says a remote-controlled model plane that landed on the roof of a federal building in Waltham was not carrying any harmful material and a preliminary investigation shows the landing is not related to criminal activity.
Thursday incident occurred about three months after a Massachusetts Muslim American with a physics degree from Northeastern University was arrested for plotting to fly remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives into the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. Twenty-six-year-old Rezwan Ferdaus of Ashland is being held without bail after undercover federal agents delivered materials he allegedly requested, including grenades, six machine guns and what he believed was 25 pounds of C-4 explosives.
FBI spokesman Gregory Comcowich says a joint investigation with the Federal Protective Service shows the plane belonged to a remote-control plane enthusiast.