Drunk man tries to hijack Turkey-bound jet to Sochi

Drunk man tries to hijack Turkey-bound jet to Sochi

[Ed. – Moron.]

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey scrambled two F-16 jets Friday to force down an airliner from Ukraine when an apparently drunk would-be hijacker ordered it to Sochi where the Winter Olympics opening ceremony was underway.

The Ukrainian man, brandishing what he said was a detonator, tried to gain access to the cockpit of the aircraft operated by Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines with 110 people on board, officials said.

The Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported that the man was inebriated. The agency and Istanbul’s governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu said the man had neither a gun nor explosives.

“A Ukrainian man, born in 1969, was in an advanced state of drunkenness and tried to get into the cockpit, shouting ‘Let’s go to Sochi’,” Interfax-Ukraine quoted Ukrainian security services as saying.

“The man will answer for his hooligan behaviour.”

In the air, the pilot emitted a hijack alert and the Turkish F-16 military jets was scrambled. The Boeing 737-800 airliner landed at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport at 6:05 pm (1605 GMT).

The plane was then immediately stormed by Turkish anti-terrorism commandos, reports said.

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