The hijacker yelled ‘bomb!’ forcing pilots to send an emergency signal to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport. The hijacker may have attempted to divert the plane to Sochi, according to unconfirmed reports.
A plane bound for Turkey was forced to make an emergency landing Friday after a hijack attempt, Agence France-Presse reported.
The Pegasus Airlines flight carrying 110 passengers had departed from Kharkov, Ukraine and sent a signal to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport alerting officials to the hijack attempt, according to CNN Turkey.
Turkish Transport Ministry official tells CNNTurk Ukrainian man who tried to hijack Pegasus Air Flight w/bomb threat demanded to go to Sochi
— Ivan Watson (@IvanCNN) February 7, 2014
A passenger yelled “Bomb!” according to the network.
The hijacker attempted to divert the plane to Sochi, where the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics are underway Turkish, CNN reported. A Turkish official denied that report to the Associated Press.
#Turkey's Transportation Mins. says security forces are investigating parked plane. No confirmation of attempt to divert flight to Sochi.
— Emre Peker (@wsjemre) February 7, 2014
THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.