Passengers Overpower Would-Be Hijacker on Turkish Flight

| Thursday, January 6, 2011 | |
by Jonathon M. Seidl

Passengers aboard a Turkish Airlines flight from Oslo, Norway to Istanbul, Turkey thwarted a hijacking by tackling a man who tried to storm the cockpit and claimed he had a bomb.

Just 30 minutes shy of landing in Turkey, the 60 passengers witnessed a man from the back of the plane don a ski mask and whip out a device. He shouted “I have a bomb!” and demanded the Boeing 737-800 return to Oslo, the Daily Mail reports. But passengers weren’t willing to put up with him.

“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,” Lelya Kilic, one of the passengers, told the Daily Mail.

“I saw a fight between passengers and a man with a mask, carrying a device that looked like a radio handset.”

When the aircraft landed in Istanbul, Turkish police entered the plane and found a passenger sitting on the man. He was arrested and the bomb was found to be fake.

The hijacker was identified as 40-year-old Cumar Yasar, a Turkish national from a Kurdish village in the southeastern region of Anatolia.



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