Feb 07, 2014
By Michael Kramer
Authorities have subdued a man who tried to hijack a Turkish plane to Sochi, Russia.
And authorities say the other passengers have been evacuated.
Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu says on Twitter that “the operation has ended.”
In another tweet Friday, he said all passengers were evacuated “without any problems.”
NTV television reported that an F-16 fighter plane was scrambled as soon as the pilot signalled there was a hijacking attempt and escorted the plane safely to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport.
The news broke as athletes from nations around the world poured into the stadium for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, raising fears about security.