WASHINGTON (AP) -- A British man whose behavior raised suspicions at a flight school in the southern state of Georgia has been located in England, an FBI official said Friday.
Zayead Christopher Hajaig, 35, had been taking lessons at the same airport outside Atlanta, Georgia's capital, where two of the Sept. 11 hijackers briefly trained, the official said on condition of anonymity because the matter is under investigation.
The Atlanta Joint Terrorism Task Force issued a special bulletin to law enforcers and flight schools this week after it received reports from the school that Hajaig became hostile while trying to upgrade his pilot's license, according to the official, who said he was familiar with the bulletin.
Authorities believe Hajaig, a British citizen who was born in Nigeria, was in the United States illegally. He is not in custody in England, the official said.
Stephen Emmett, spokesman in the FBI's Atlanta office, confirmed that Hajaig is ''a person of interest'' to authorities but would not elaborate. ''He's not in the United States,'' Emmett said. ''He's in the U.K. I know that's a big piece of real estate.''
Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi, believed to be the pilots of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center towers, rented a single-engine airplane at Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville, Ga., about eight months before the 2001 attacks.