Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Top opposition figure arrested in Burundi

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

"Is the UK still located in Europe?"

Read more

DEBATE

Crossing a red line: French mayor slammed for profiling Muslim students

Read more

DEBATE

Down to the wire: UK election poll shows main parties neck and neck

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'A Thousand Times Goodnight', 'My Old Lady' and 'Titli'

Read more

FOCUS

UK election: Health system a key issue in Wales

Read more

FACE-OFF

Le Pen vs Le Pen: France's far-right family feud turns epic

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Saudi Arabia: Behind the royal family reshuffle

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Oil industry cuts an election issue in Scotland

Read more

Europe

Russian special forces foil hijacking of Moscow-bound plane

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-07-29

Russian special forces foiled an attempted hijacking of a plane on Thursday coming from Mineralnye Vody in the Caucasus to Moscow's Domodedovo airport, Russian news agencies said.

AFP - 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 hijacker was believed to be a 40-year-old resident of Mineralnye Vody.
   
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.
   
AFP was unable to confirm the reports with police or airport authorities.
   
The Russian Caucasus remain highly unstable after Moscow fought two bloody wars against Chechen separatists in the 1990s. Attacks by militants from the region are frequent.
 

Date created : 2010-07-29

COMMENT(S)