Man attempts to hijack plane in Istanbul: report

09:36, January 06, 2011      

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A passenger who claimed to be wearing a bomb attempted to hijack a Turkish Airlines flight from Oslo to Istanbul on Wednesday after it landed at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

No one was injured in the attempted hijacking, and the police detained the suspect after evacuating other passengers.

The unidentified passenger claimed that he was carrying a bomb and attempted to enter the cockpit while the Boeing 737-800 plane was flying over Bulgarian air space, said the report.

Flight attendants prevented him from entering the cockpit, the report said, adding the plane landed at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport safely at around 9:00 p.m. local time (GMT 1900).

The passenger was detained by the security forces and was then taken to the security department, said the report.

There were 60 passengers including a child and seven crew members onboard the plane.

Source: Xinhua

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