Copilot hijacks Ethiopian Airlines plane to seek asylum in Switzerland
Ethiopian co-pilot lands Addis Ababa to Rome flight at Swiss airport and climbs out of plane through window An Ethiopian co-pilot hijacked his own plane after locking the captain out of the cockpit and flew it
Ethiopian co-pilot lands Addis Ababa to Rome flight at Swiss airport and climbs out of plane through window
An Ethiopian co-pilot hijacked his own plane after locking the captain out of the cockpit and flew it to Geneva in an audacious attempt to seek asylum in Switzerland.
The unidentified co-pilot seized control of the Addis Ababa to Rome flight after the captain went to the bathroom while the plane was flying over Italy, police in Geneva said on Monday.
A few minutes after landing at the Swiss airport, the man exited the plane by scaling down a rope he had thrown out of the cockpit window and gave himself up to authorities. The 202 passengers on board, who were unaware the plane had been hijacked, were then evacuated from the craft and escorted to waiting vehicles with their hands over their heads.
Police said the Ethiopian co-pilot had been unarmed and that there were no signs he had been violent towards fellow crew or passengers. The airport was closed for two hours as emergency vehicles descended on the runway after the flight landed at around 6am on Monday morning, but has since reopened.
In a series of recordings of radio conversations with authorities, the co-pilot can be heard repeatedly asking for asylum in the European country. “Do you know if we will get the asylum in time?” he asks in one recording. “We need asylum or assurance that we will not be transferred to (inaudible).”
Source: The Telegraph