Kansas airport worker accused in bomb plot expected in federal court for detention hearing

A Kansas airport worker accused of plotting a suicide bomb attack will have to convince a federal magistrate judge he does not pose a public danger or flight risk to be released before his trial.

Terry Lee Loewen is expected in court Friday for a detention hearing. The 58-year-old Wichita man has been in custody since his Dec. 13 arrest.

Prosecutors say he tried to get what he believed was a car bomb onto the tarmac at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport.

His defense attorneys face a tough challenge getting him released, given the severity of the charges. He faces a potential life sentence if convicted on the most serious of the three charges — attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

His trial is set for Feb. 18.