Ethiopia Airlines Hijacking Scare At Geneva: What You Need To Know

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An Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Rome has landed in Geneva after what’s believed to have been a hijacking incident.

Here’s what we know:

  • Reuters reports a Geneva aircraft spokesman as saying a hijacked aircraft, an Ethiopian Airlines 767, has landed safely
  • While flying over Sudan the plane set its squawk box to 7500 – the internationally recognised signal that pilots use for a hijacking in progress
  • The plane passed its destination, Rome, and began circling over Geneva for more than 10 minutes before landing safely
  • Geneva airport has been shut to traffic
  • Ethiopia airlines issued a short statement saying the flight had been “forced” to continue to Geneva, but that all passengers and crew were safe
  • Air Traffic Control audio contained an apparent request for asylum

It’s unclear who had control of the aircraft, or if any demands were made.

We’re covering the unfolding developments here.

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