Ethiopia: Ethiopian Airlines passengers, plane safe after apparent hijacking

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An apparently-hijacked Ethiopian Airlines plane was forced to land in Geneva, Switzerland, instead of its Rome, Italy, destination Monday, PANA reported

Though it did not say anything about hijacking, the airline said in a statement posted on its website that flight ET-702, which took off from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, at 00:30 (local time) Monday, and scheduled to arrive in Rome at 04:40 (local time), was forced to proceed to Geneva Airport.

''Accordingly, the flight has landed safely at Geneva Airport. All passengers and crew are safe at Geneva Airport.

''Ethiopian Airlines is making immediate arrangements to fly its esteemed customers on-board the flight to their intended destinations,'' the airline said.

PANA learnt from aviation sources that the plane was hijacked and forced to land Geneva.

No further details, including the fate of the hijacker, are available.
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17 february 2014 09:57:16

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