|10-15-2008, 11:53 AM||#1|
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Drunk tries to hijack Turkish Airlines passenger jet
CNN) -- A drunk passenger tried to hijack a Turkish Airlines flight to Russia Wednesday before being brought under control, the head of Turkey's civil aviation authority has said. The Turkish Airlines passenger jet was en route from Turkey to Russia when the incident took place.
The flight -- which originated in the southeastern Turkish city of Antalya -- was scheduled to land on time in St. Petersburg at 3:20 p.m. (7:20 a.m. ET), according to a spokeswoman for St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport. Turkish aviation official Orhan Birdal had no further information about how the passenger was brought under control.
Turkish media initially reported that the plane had been hijacked. When asked about those reports, a Turkish Airlines spokesman said the flight experienced an "urgent situation" without offering further details. Russia's Interfax News Agency said the flight was carrying 164 Russian nationals.
"The Russian Embassy in Turkey is trying to find out the circumstances, which led to the incident, and the man's nationality," Sergei Koritsky, press attache at the Russian Embassy in Turkey, told Interfax. There have been several attempts to hijack Turkish airlines in recent years.
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