Sochi Olympics plane hijacking
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- Man who tried to hijack plane to Sochi detained - Associated Press via CBC News, February 7, 2014
- Alleged hijacker was reportedly in state of severe alcohol intoxication
- Turkish security forces on Friday detained a Ukrainian plane passenger suspected of making a bomb threat in an attempt to hijack a flight to Sochi, Russia, where the Winter Olympics were opening under tight security.
- An F-16 fighter was scrambled as soon as the pilot on the flight from Kharkiv, Ukraine, signalled there was a hijacking attempt and then escorted the plane safely to its original destination in Istanbul, according to NTV television.
- Authorities snuck onto the plane and subdued the suspected hijacker while the other 109 passengers were being evacuated, Huseyin Avni Mutlu, the Istanbul governor, told reporters at Sabiha Gokcen airport. The man was slightly injured during the struggle, but no weapons were used, he said. The man did not have a bomb on him, he said.
- Putin gave order to shoot down ‘hijacked’ jet during Sochi-2014 opening ceremony, but luckily... - RT, March 11, 2018
- Putin recalled that on February 7, 2014 just as he was setting off for Sochi's Fisht Stadium, where 40,000 spectators, thousands of sportspeople and dozens of world leaders awaited the start of the ceremony - which was to be broadcast to an audience of billions - he received a call from the official responsible for the safety of the Olympics. The caller told the Russian President that passengers on a plane heading from Ukraine to Turkey had hijacked it, claiming they had a bomb on board, and demanded that their flight be diverted to Sochi.
- Finally, a second call came. “The same official. He tells me that this was drunken antics from the passengers. And that the plane would soon land in Istanbul as expected,” said Putin. The passenger jet was safely escorted to the airport by the Turkish air force once it crossed into its airspace.