Man Charged in Car Bomb Plot at Wichita Airport

Man Charged in Car Bomb Plot at Wichita Airport

A Kansas man has been charged in federal court with attempting to explode a car bomb at a Wichita airport.
(WICHITA, Kan.) A Kansas man has been charged in federal court with attempting to explode a car bomb at a Wichita airport.

Terry Lee Lowen, 58, of Wichita is charged with one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, one count of attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Lowen works as an avionics technician, and is alleged to have spent months developing a plan to use his access card to the Mid Continent Airport. He then allegedly planned to drive a van loaded with explosives to the terminal, pull the trigger on the explosives and die in the explosion.

He was arrested around 5:40 a.m. Friday morning after he attempted to enter the airport tarmac. It is believed he went to the airp0ort to detonate the car bomb.

Lowen was taken into custody after he attempted to open a security access gate. FBI Evidence Response teams are executing search warrants related to the case.

Lowen had been under investigation since 2013. It's alleged that he made threats prior to the attempted act Friday.
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