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Co-pilot hijacks Ethiopian plane to seek Swiss asylum (ROUNDUP)

Co-pilot hijacks Ethiopian plane to seek Swiss asylum (ROUNDUP)

17 February 2014 | 13:14 | FOCUS News Agency
Geneva. The co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines plane flying from Addis Ababa to Rome hijacked the aircraft on Monday and forced it to land in Geneva where he wanted to seek asylum, police said, AFP reported.
The hijacker was arrested after he scaled out of the cockpit window on a rope, Geneva police spokesman Eric Grandjean said, adding that the situation was now under control.
The co-pilot said he had seized his chance to take over the plane when the pilot went to the bathroom, Grandjean told AFP.
The man, identified as an Ethiopian citizen born in 1983, told police he had seized the aircraft because "he felt threatened in his country and wants to seek asylum in Switzerland," he added.
A total of 202 passengers and crew members were on board the Boeing 767 as the drama played out but Grandjean said no-one was injured.
The hijacker contacted Geneva Airport and said "he had a problem with his plane and needed to land to fill the tank with kerosene... and that he had technical problems with the engine," Grandjean said.
He then said he had hijacked the plane, Grandjean said, adding that Geneva airport had allowed him to land "for safety reasons" and that the plane had been escorted by fighter jets from Italian airspace.
Flight ET-702 eventually landed safely in Geneva at 6:02 am (0502 GMT).
"He parked the plane on the taxiway, he cut the engines then opened the cockpit window, threw out a rope and used it to descend to the tarmac," Grandjean said.
"He ran towards the police and immediately identified himself as the co-pilot and hijacker."
The runway was crowded with police and other emergency vehicles as passengers filed out of the plane with their arms up in the air or on their heads before boarding waiting buses.
"The passengers are safe and sound," Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement in Addis Ababa.
It was the first time since 1987 that a hijacked plane has been forced to land in Geneva, according to police, and the first time in Swiss history that a co-pilot had hijacked an aircraft.
Ethiopian Information Minister Redwan Hussein said officials were investigating the incident and trying to get information from passengers.
Geneva's chief prosecutor Olivier Jornot cast doubt on the co-pilot's chances of gaining asylum in Switzerland after the incident.
"Technically there is no connection between asylum and the fact he committed a crime to come here. But I think his chances are not very high," he told reporters.
All flights to and from Geneva were either diverted or cancelled early Monday as the drama was unfolding but the airport was now gradually reopening, a spokesman said.
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Hijacker of Ethiopian Airlines flight was a co-pilot: police

Hijacker of Ethiopian Airlines flight was a co-pilot: police

17 February 2014 | 10:24 | FOCUS News Agency
Geneva. An Ethiopian Airlines plane destined for Rome was forced to land early Monday in Geneva, where the hijacker was arrested, authorities said, CBS News reported.
Police later said the hijacker was a co-pilot who surrendered and asked for asylum. They said the co-pilot grabbed control of the plane when the pilot went to the bathroom, then left the cockpit through a window on a rope.
The airline said one of its planes had been "forced to proceed to Geneva." Its website said the flight landed safely and "all passengers and crew are safe." It gave no further details.
Police escorted passengers one by one, their hands over their heads, from the taxied plane to waiting vehicles.
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Ethiopia says trying to establish hijacker identity

Ethiopia says trying to establish hijacker identity

17 February 2014 | 10:02 | FOCUS News Agency
Addis Ababa. Ethiopia said Monday it was investigating who hijacked an Ethiopian Airlines flight that was forced to land in Geneva, AFP reported.
"Who was behind this hijacking and who this guy is not yet known," Ethiopia's Information Minister Redwan Hussein told AFP.
"Our ambassador there (in Geneva) is trying to search information from our passengers," he said.
The minister said officials were also trying to establish how the hijacker managed to get on the Rome-bound flight at Addis Ababa's airport.
"They have not yet had the details as to how he managed to get in the airplane and who was behind that and what actually he had at his disposal to force the airplane" to divert, he said.
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Situation 'under control' after hijacked plane lands in Geneva: police

Situation 'under control' after hijacked plane lands in Geneva: police

17 February 2014 | 09:09 | FOCUS News Agency
Geneva. Situation is 'under control' after hijacked plane landed in Geneva, the local police said, AFP reported.
An Ethiopian Airlines en route to Rome was on Monday hijacked and forced to land in Geneva, where the hijacker has been arrested, police said.
Flight ET-702 from Addis Ababa to Rome "was hijacked... it landed in Geneva at 6:00 am (0500 GMT)," police said, adding that the alleged hijacker "has been arrested."
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One hijacker of Ethiopian Airlines plane arrested

One hijacker of Ethiopian Airlines plane arrested

17 February 2014 | 08:49 | FOCUS News Agency
Geneva. As previously announced an Ethiopian Airlines plane en route from Addis Ababa to Rome has been forced to land in Geneva after being hijacked, Swiss police say, as cited by BBC.
One hijacker has been arrested. The airline said in a statement that all passengers and crew were safe.
There are no injuries, and the police say the situation is "under control".
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Hijacked aircraft lands at Geneva airport: spokesman

Hijacked aircraft lands at Geneva airport: spokesman

17 February 2014 | 08:18 | FOCUS News Agency
Geneva. A hijacked aircraft landed at Geneva's international airport early on Monday, an airport spokesman said without giving details of the flight, Reuters reported.
Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement that one of its flights had been "forced to proceed" to Geneva, adding that all passengers and crew were safe at the airport.
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