BREAKING: Plane Makes Emergency Landing In Turkey After Hijack Attempt (TWEETS)

BREAKING: Plane Makes Emergency Landing In Turkey After Hijack Attempt (TWEETS)

By NY Daily News on February 7, 2014
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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.

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.

F-16s immediately took to the air once the pilots sent out the alarm. Security forces descended on the plane parked in a “safe area,” according to officials.“The flight crew worked hard to convince the hijackers to abort their attempt,” Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman reported.

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