Mon, Oct 27, 2008
Authorities Say Man Has A History Of Mental Illness
In the second incident this month, passengers have foiled an
attempted hijacking of another airliner headed for Russia by
overpowering an unruly person claiming to have a bomb.
Tass news agency today reported a Boeing 737 operated by Sky
Express was enroute from the Black Sea resort of Sochi to Moscow
with about 150 people aboard when a passenger began shouting
"Allahu Akhbar" and threatened to blow up the plane unless it
diverted to Vienna.
Other passengers aboard the flight were able to subdue the man,
and no injuries were reported, the Associated Press said.
An unnamed representative of the Federal Security Service said
the disruptive passenger had been identified and that he was
believed to have a record of mental illness, the RIA-Novosti news
The plane landed at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport about 30 minutes
behind schedule and security officers were evacuating the
passengers, the reports said. Further comments from Sky Express and
Russian security officials were unavailable.
As ANN reported earlier this month, on October
15 an inebriated man claiming to have a bomb attempted to hijack a
Turkish Airlines flight was overpowered by passengers, and the
plane landed safely in St. Petersburg.
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