Flight Lands in Turkey After Reported Hijack Attempt; Man in Custody

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - An official says authorities have subdued a man who attempted to hijack a Turkish plane to Sochi, Russia, and that the other passengers have been evacuated.

Huseyin Avni Mutlu, the Istanbul governor, says on Twitter that "the operation has ended."

In another tweet Friday, he said all passengers were evacuated "without any problems."

An F-16 fighter plane was scrambled as soon as the pilot signaled there was a hijacking attempt and escorted the plane safely to Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport, according to NTV television.

The news broke as athletes from nations around the world poured into the stadium for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, raising fears about security.

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - A Turkish official says a plane that was the target of a hijack attempt is now on the ground at an airport in Istanbul, where authorities are trying to persuade the alleged hijacker to give himself up.

The official says 110 passengers are still on board. A TV station (NTV) reports that the man has been subdued, but there's no confirmation of that.

Russia's Interfax news agency quotes Ukrainian authorities as saying the passenger was drunk. It's also reporting that he has now been subdued, and that no weapons or explosives were found on him.

The Transport Ministry official says the passenger claimed there was a bomb on board the flight, which was headed from Ukraine to Istanbul, and that he wanted the plane to fly to the Russian city of Sochi, where the Olympics are getting under way.

According to the official, the man rose from his seat and shouted that there was a bomb on board, and then tried to enter the locked cockpit. The pilot signaled that there was a hijack attempt, and the airport was placed on high alert.

Pegasus Airlines confirms that there was a "bomb threat" aboard the flight.


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