Sunday, November 17, 2002


Taken wholly from Yahoo News:

El Al Guards Foil Hijack Attempt.
2 minutes ago

JERUSALEM (AP) - Security guards on Israel's national airline El Al overpowered a man who tried to hijack a flight from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, Israeli radio reported.

The reports said that none of the 170 passengers on board were harmed and the plane landed safely in Istanbul.

An official at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport confirmed that El Al flight 581 sent out a hijacking signal as it approached Istanbul but the suspect was overcome.

"No one was injured," Oktay Cakirlar said."The terrorist is in custody at the police staion at the airport."

Turkey's private CNN-Turk and NTV televisions quoting police sources said the hijacker was an Israeli Arab and was armed with a knife. The man was overpowered by two Israeli security guards, one posing as a passenger, the televisions said.


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