A hijacked Turkish plane flying to Sochi has been foiled after crew members convinced the man that he was still flying to the Olympics instead of Istanbul.
The hijacker has not been publicly identified. However, it has been reported that he is a male Ukrainian man in his mid to late 30’s. The hijacker told crew members that he was wearing a bomb. Crew members were quick to act and fooled the hijacker into thinking the Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 carrying 110 passengers was landing in Sochi. The plane then made an emergency landing at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport.
While security forces detained the man behind the hijacked Turkish plane, it has not been confirmed if the hijacker was armed with a bomb. The Ukrainian was taken into custody to Istanbul Security Headquarters.
The motive of the hijacker is unclear and little details have been given about the incident as it is an ongoing investigation. The foiled attack took place the morning of the Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia. Russia has been on high alert and intense security measures have been put into place due to threats of terrorism during the games.
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