Co-pilot hijacks Ethiopian plane, lands in Geneva to ask for asylum

Police officers help a passenger disembark hijacked Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 702 at Cointrin airport in Geneva February 17, 2014.(Reuters / Denis Balibouse)
Police officers help a passenger disembark hijacked Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 702 at Cointrin airport in Geneva February 17, 2014.(Reuters / Denis Balibouse)

(RT) The co-pilot of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET-702 to Italy hijacked the aircraft and landed it in Geneva. The hijacker, who requested asylum in Switzerland, was detained by local police.

The Boeing 767-300 flight from Addis Abba to Rome “was forced to proceed to Geneva Airport,” an Ethiopian Airlines press release said.

The plane landed at Geneva International Airport (GVA). All passengers and crew are currently safe the airline said.

It added it is “making immediate arrangements to fly its esteemed customers onboard the flight to their intended destinations.”

Airport police said the hijacker has been arrested and the situation is “under control.” No injuries were reported in the incident.

At a media conference later on Monday Swiss officials said the hijacker was the co-pilot of the plane. He seized the chance to take control of the aircraft when the pilot went to bathroom and directed it past Italy to Switzerland. Read more on RT…

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