Passengers Halt Turkish Mid-Air Hijack: Airport Int. News

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A potential mid-air hijacking incident was stopped on 5 January 2011, when the passengers onboard the aircraft successfully overcame the hijacker’s efforts.

Earlier, the aircraft had taken off from an airport in Norway and was travelling to Turkey. Ultimately, it successfully landed at Turkey’s Istanbul (Ataturk) International Airport.
According to comments made by police officials, the figure responsible for the mid-air disruption was a Turkish male, and his goal was to try and reroute the aircraft back to Norway again, for reasons unknown.
Turkish media has suggested that the man announced he was carrying a bomb with him, and that he attempted to gain access to the cockpit. This move, said the police, was halted by those on board and, in fact, when the Turkish Airlines aircraft had completed its journey, security forces climbed onto the aircraft to discover a single passenger pinning the hijacker down.

Turkish Aircraft Hijack

An arrest was subsequently made after the attempted Turkish aircraft hijack, and no reports have since emerged of any injuries among the aircraft’s 59 passengers. Furthermore, the bomb was reported to be a simulated explosive device – not the real thing.
The Turkish Airlines flight that experienced this airborne drama was TK1754. According to online flight data, this would have made it a Boeing 737 twin-engined airliner – one of almost 70 such aircraft within the airline’s fleet. Its departure point was Oslo Airport.

Mid-Air Hijack Attempt

In the hours since this mid-air hijack attempt, some of the passengers have now described the experiences to the media. “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”, passenger Lelya Kilic explained.
“I saw a fight between passengers and a man with a mask, carrying a device that looked like a radio handset.”
Ataturk International Airport is one of the world’s 40 busiest airports, when overall passenger levels are taken into account. Neither its nor Oslo Airport’s schedules were affected by the attempted hijack of Turkish Airlines Flight TK1754.