Russia foils 'plane hijacking' in Moscow

ITAR-TASS news agency said all the passengers had been freed safely after special forces disguised as doctors boarded the aircraft at the airport.

Russia foils 'plane hijacking' in Moscow

Russian special forces on Thursday foiled the attempted hijacking of a plane coming from the Caucasus at Moscow's Domodedovo airport, Russian news agencies quoted an airport official as saying.

A passenger on a flight from Mineralnye Vody in the Caucasus to Moscow "made orders to the crew," an airport spokeswoman was quoted as saying by Ria Novosti.

Police and special forces from Russia's FSB internal security agency isolated the plane from others at the airport and cleared it out, she added.

"All of the passengers were freed, there were no victims," a spokesman for the transport police was quoted as saying by Itar-Tass, adding that the alleged hijacker was believed to be a 40-year-old resident of Mineralnye Vody.

"As a condition for freeing the hostages, he demanded that we connect him with the Russian prime minister (Vladimir Putin)," the prosecutor-general's investigative committee said in a statement.

Ria Novosti quoted police as saying that the hijacker kept the plane under control for two hours after it landed. One of the passengers felt sick and the hijacker allowed doctors to come on board.

Quoting police sources, ITAR-TASS news agency said all the passengers had been freed safely after special forces disguised as doctors boarded the aircraft at the airport.

Caucasus remain highly unstable after Moscow attacked Chechnya in two bloody wars in the 1990s.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Temmuz 2010, 11:46

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