Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

WATCH: The Ethiopian Airlines Hijack Video

Express News Service | Geneva | Posted: February 18, 2014 10:40 am | Updated: February 18, 2014 10:54 am

An amateur video purportedly shot inside a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines jetliner flight shows harrowed passengers and their ordeal during the incident. The flight number 702 bound for Rome was hijacked by its co-pilot who wanted asylum in Switzerland.

Passengers are seen trying to make sense of what was happening inside the aircraft. Apparently, the co-pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit when he went to the restroom. The hijacker then maneuvered the plane towards Geneva and threatened to crash the plane if the pilot did not stop pounding on the cockpit door.

Some passengers pulled out their phones and filmed the entire hijack fiasco. When the plane was due to land in Geneva, an inflight passenger announcement box said, “Your attention please! It is a police operation. Please don’t move, stay relaxed and keep your hands behind your head.”

The Ethiopian Airlines flight number 702 was forced to land early on Monday in Geneva, where authorities apprehended the hijacker and arrested him. The Swiss Police said the hijacker asked for asylum in Switzerland upon surrendering. The airline’s website announced on Monday that the flight landed safely and all passengers and crew were safe. No further details were provided. The police then escorted all passengers one by one with their hands behind their heads from the plane to waiting vehicles. (With inputs from agency reports)

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