Thursday, January 6, 2011

Turkish Jet Hijack Attempt Thwarted by Passengers

Before 9/11 a hijacking meant landing in some despotic country or a hostage situation in a friendly one. While not pleasant (to put it mildly) it certainly beats the post 9/11 certain death from sitting in a 'flying missile'. Hijackings attempts from now on will either be mass murder in the sky as the passengers are killed trying to avert it, or end the way this one did.

"Passengers on a Turkish Airlines jet have overpowered a man who tried to hijack their flight from Norway to Istanbul, security sources say.

Turkish media reported that the man put on a mask and tried to force his way into the cockpit, saying he had a bomb.

He is said to have demanded that the plane return to Oslo before being subdued by passengers.

The man was arrested when the plane landed at Istanbul's Ataturk airport. No-one was hurt.

Turkish media said the suspect was a Turkish citizen from a Kurdish village in the south-eastern region of Anatolia.

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