Turkish Man Overpowered by Passengers After Attempting to Hijack Plane
A passenger was sitting on the would-be hijacker when the police arrived.
Police officers take away Cuma Yasar after he tried to hijack a Turkish Airlines plane en route from Oslo to Istanbul. He tried to storm the cockpit claiming he had a bomb. (Daily Mail)
A Turkish man was overpowered by passengers after he attempted to hijack a plane from Oslo, Norway to Istanbul.
He said he had a bomb and attempted to storm the cockpit.
The Daily Mail reported:
Passengers aboard a Turkish Airlines flight from Oslo over-powered a would-be hijacker who tried to storm the cockpit claiming he had a bomb.
The Boeing 737-800, which was carrying 60 passengers, including a child, and seven crew members, was en route from the Norwegian capital to Istanbul.
The man, identified as 40-year-old Cumar Yasar, put on a ski mask and began shouting ‘I have a bomb’ before two passengers were able to restrain him.
When police in Istanbul entered the plane to arrest Yasar they found one of the passengers sitting on him.
Officers said the man was a Turk who had demanded that the plane return to Norway.
‘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,” said Lelya Kilic, another of the passengers.
‘I saw a fight between passengers and a man with a mask, carrying a device that looked like a radio handset.’
The hijacker was identified a Turkish national from a Kurdish village in the southeastern region of Anatolia.
‘A person in the back of the plane put on a mask and threatened to blow up the plane in the air,’ passenger Salim Tahar told Norwegian television network TV2.
‘The man spoke Turkish and demanded the plane return to Oslo.’
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