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Turkey F-16 Forces Down Hijacked Airliner Told To Fly To Sochi

Turkey scrambled a jet fighter Friday to force down an airliner from Ukraine after a would-be hijacker on board brandishing a detonator ordered it to Sochi.
Turkey F-16 Forces Down Hijacked Airliner Told To Fly To Sochi
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Via AFP:

Turkey scrambled two F-16 jets Friday to force down an airliner from Ukraine when an apparently drunk would-be hijacker ordered it to Sochi where the Winter Olympics opening ceremony was underway.

The Ukrainian man, brandishing what he said was a detonator, tried to gain access to the cockpit of the aircraft operated by Turkey's Pegasus Airlines with 110 people on board, officials said.

The Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported that the man was inebriated. The agency and Istanbul's governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu said the man had neither a gun nor explosives.

"A Ukrainian man, born in 19...

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