Hijackers with message for Pope seize Turkish airliner
Tuesday, October 3, 2006
The plane was flown to Italy. It sent out an SOS twice in Greek airspace, and both Greece and Italy scrambled fighter jets to escort it before it landed in Brindisi. The hijacker was unarmed, said the chairman of Turkish Airlines's board of directors, Candan Karlitekin. According to Karlitekin no one was injured.in southern
Aofficial who spoke to said the plane had entered Greek air space at 17:58 local time (14:58 UTC) and four Greek fighters took off to escort it. The Italian air force in turn sent up two F-16s to intercept the plane and reportedly forced it to land.
"Passengers have started to leave the plane," an ENAC spokeswoman said.
- Max Frigione, AP. "2 Turks Hijack Airliner to Protest Pope" — , October 3, 2006
- "Passengers "leave hijacked plane"" — , October 3, 2006
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