A plane carrying more than 100 people from Ukraine was forced to make an emergency landing in Turkey after a reported hijack attempt was made on Friday.
“Forced by an F-16 military jet to land in Istanbul, apparently a man on board said he had a bomb. Whether that proves to be accurate or not yet to be determined.” (Via Fox News)
“Turkish special forces have captured a man who has been described as a Ukrainian passport holder who is suspected of trying to hijack a Pegasus budget airline plane.” (Via CNN)
Breaking911 tweeted this picture of the plane that was reportedly hijacked. Authorities say the suspect wanted to divert the plane to Sochi, Russia. It’s now on the runway at a Turkish airport. Officials are reportedly searching the plane for explosives.
According to authorities, there have been no reports of injuries so far. According to The Telegraph, the pilot triggered an alert, warning authorities of the threat onboard.
This threat comes as the Sochi Winter Olympics are underway. The Winter Olympics have already been the target of multiple terrorist threats, with police on high alert for so-called "black widow" suicide bombers. (Via Sky News)
So far, the airline involved in the incident has not commented.