Friday, January 07, 2011

Passengers aborted a Norway-Turkey hijack attempt

The New York Times reported on 5 January that passengers aboard flight TK1754 from Oslo bound to Istanbul successfully neutralized a would-be hijacker on Wednesday, according to Turkish media.
The man who attempted to hijack the plane that was carrying 59 passengers was identified by the police as Cuma Yasar, a Turkey national.
There were no reported injuries.
Although his motives were unclear, Yasar demanded that the plane return to Norway. He tried to force going in to the cockpit and said, "I have a bomb," reported the Turkish Dogan news agency.
Istanbul's Ataturk airport was notified by the pilot while the passengers were immediately taken off after landing.
The man was arrested and it was discovered that the bomb was fake.
A Dogan reporter said that the cops saw a passenger sitting on top of the aborted hijacker upon entering the plane.
Passenger Lelya Kilic said, "I was sitting at the front end of the plane and I heard voices at the back of the plane around 30 minutes before we landed."
"I saw a fight between passengers and a man with a mask, carrying a device that looked like a radio handset."
Another passenger Salim Tahar was quoted by a Norwegian network TV2 as saying someone in the back of the plane had donned a mask and threatened to blow up the plane on air.
Tahar added, "The man spoke Turkish and demanded the plane return to Oslo."
TV2 said the hijacker seemed to be holding something but was not clear. Passengers were made to move to the front of the plane while the hijacker remained at the back.

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