Thu, Jul 01, 2004
Turkish Suspect Arrested
A Freebird Airlines A320 was forced to return to Munich shortly
after take-off Tuesday night when a Turkish man waiving a cell
phone said he had a bomb and threatened to destroy the
"He threatened to set
off an explosion if the aircraft did not turn back immediately,"
said police spokesman Josef Bichlmeier.
When the aircraft came to a stop back at Munich, police say the
suspect jumped out of the cabin door nearest to the cockpit,
breaking his leg in the fall.
"Whether he jumped out in an attempt to flee or fell by accident
is unclear," said Bichlmeier.
A thorough search of the aircraft failed to turn up any
The flight was on its way to Istanbul when it was forced to turn
around. None of the 153 passengers and crew was hurt during the
bizarre incident. But they were forced to stay on board the
aircraft for more than an hour after it landed because German
authorities wanted to be sure the 28-year old man had no
Prosecutors in Munich say they'll charged the unnamed suspect
with assault. If convicted, he could get up to 15 years in
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