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

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29 COMMENTS
  • eritreanmilitary movement February 18, 2014

    please think about our country eritrea.Leave the ethiopian case for ethiopians.eritrea is getting to dis integrete.Lets correct our problem.
    The eritrean military movement!

    • selam February 19, 2014

      lol
      ” Eritrea is getting to fah fah?” omg! and you say ” leave the Ethiopians?” how? don’t you know that the owner of this room is on weyane’s payroll?
      jeeee

      • Aziza Abdulkerim February 19, 2014

        Selam

        Yes, we should mind our business. Regarding the owner of this room he is working day and night in order to free the people of Eritrea and not to see Eritrea on being fah fah unlike you and your mad dog dictator

  • abe February 18, 2014

    He is paid to do that,otherwise he could have asked for free ticket and remain there.Stupid he is going to vegetate in Switzerland prison for the next 20 years and get deported after.

  • Tamrat Tamrat February 18, 2014

    If an eritrean or ethiopian pilot RISCs his or her life by hijacking a plane then it is more than economical advantage. It is not the kind of thing one does just like that. It involves a lot of thinking and many horrible incidents force one eritrean/ethiopian pilot come to such dcission. In the ethiopian case the woyanes became so scavengers they dont even see how far their selfish ago is destroying for them. It is the worrest stupidity feeling good about just by comparing what one does is better than mengistu and isaias. How many People sacrificed since 1991 just to force them do better than mengistu.

  • Gojam February 19, 2014

    That is so funny they are so busy to make Eritrea n’s people to make what they did to Somalia n’s but God’s work the other way round. So my Tegaru, friends slow down ( tsigabkum,Ka-alu ).

  • Zufana February 19, 2014

    How come that a co-pilot doesn’t know that hijacking is an international crime!
    He must be a mentally sick man or a member of Ginbot-7 or a member of Hgdef-Mendef.

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