What We Know About the Attempted Plane Hijacking During the Sochi Opening Ceremony

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A general view of atmosphere during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
National Journal
Brian Resnick Matt Berman
Feb. 7, 2014, 7:38 a.m.

A man claim­ing to have a bomb at­temp­ted to hi­jack a Pe­gas­us Air­lines plane from Ukraine on Fri­day and take it to So­chi, where the Winter Olympics were just be­gin­ning.The plane’s crew man­aged to di­vert the plane to Tur­key.

Turk­ish of­fi­cials tell the As­so­ci­ated Press that the plane has been evac­u­ated, and the sus­pect has been sub­dued. There were re­portedly no prob­lems in evac­u­at­ing the plane, and the op­er­a­tion is now over, says Istan­bul’s gov­ernor.

In­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials tell Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s Mi­chael Hirsh that they’re still try­ing to fig­ure out who the sus­pect is, and say that the per­son may have been drunk. It’s un­clear what the sus­pect’s motives were, or if he ac­tu­ally did pos­sess any weapons.

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