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Bomb threat on Pegasus flight

8 February 2014

Turkey scrambled an F-16 fighter jet following a signal from the pilot of a Pegasus flight from Kharkiv, Unkraine that there was a high-jacking attempt in progress on the plane.

The fighter successfully escorted the plane to its planned destination in Istanbul.

Turkish security forces on Friday detained a Ukrainian plane passenger suspected of making a bomb threat in an attempt to hijack a flight to Sochi, Russia, where the Winter Olympics were opening under tight security.

Authorities stole onto the plane and subdued the suspected hijacker while the other 109 passengers were being evacuated, Hüseyin Avni Mutlu, the Istanbul governor, told reporters at Sabiha Gökçen airport. The man was slightly injured during the struggle, but no weapons were used, he said. The man did not have a bomb on him, he said. It appeared that the man was highly intoxicated.

The passengers were evacuated without problems and the “operation has ended,” Mutlu said on Twitter.

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