Attempted Hijack Of Plane To Sochi Foiled; Aircraft Lands In Istanbul
A commercial airline flight heading to Turkey from Ukraine became the target of a hijacker who wanted to bring the plane to Sochi, the Russian host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Man Tries To Hijack Plan To Sochi
The quick-thinking crew of the Turkish aircraft managed to convince the Ukrainian hijacker that they were landing the plane in Sochi, when they were in fact landing at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, reported CNN. The hijacker had reportedly been threatening them with a bomb. Once they landed the plane, he was taken into custody at the Istanbul Security Headquarters.
Reports suggest that the hijacker's bomb threats may have been in vain, and that they were the empty ravings of an intoxicated passenger. He had been “drunk and carried no dangerous items,” the Kiev Post reported, citing the Security Service of Ukraine.
The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 was carrying 110 passengers, reported The New York Times, none of whom were injured in the failed hijacking.
On Friday, the opening ceremonies for the Winter Games were held in Sochi, as the fear of terrorist attacks persists. The Games will conclude on Feb. 23.
– Chelsea Regan
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