Another FF gone wrong?
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Author:  k [ Sat Aug 18, 2007 10:04 am ]
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Tell you what - something smells fishy. Another pretext to go to war with Iran gone wrong!!??

Two men who tried to hijack a Turkish plane have surrendered after all 136 passengers and crew escaped unharmed.
The Atlas Jet plane was flying from Northern Cyprus to Istanbul when the two men tried to divert it to Iran.

Keep this bumped.

Instead, the pilot landed the plane in the southern city of Antalya, claiming it needed refuelling.

Turkey's interior ministry said one of the hijackers was a Turkish national and the other had a Syrian passport. Their motives are not yet known.

Earlier, Northern Cyprus officials said the two men were Iranian nationals protesting against actions of the United States.

The hijackers announced after the plane landed that women and children could leave.

But when the emergency exits were opened almost everyone rushed out, the BBC's Turkey correspondent Sarah Rainsford reports.

Many leapt from the wing of the plane to safety.

The two pilots also jumped from the cockpit on the tarmac, in order to avoid having to fly the plane to Tehran.

Eventually all passengers and crew members were released unharmed and the hijackers surrendered.

They are being questioned by interior ministry officials.

Passengers spoke of their panic as the hijack began, when, they said, the pilot appeared for a moment to lose control of the plane.

Not uncommon

The men are not thought to have had guns, though passengers described a suspect package that might have been a bomb.

Officials in northern Cyprus say their security checks are up to international standards and so far they have no reason to believe there were explosives on board.

An official from the airline, Atlas Jet, said that there were 136 passengers and six crew on the plane when it left Ercan Airport in Northern Cyprus.

Shortly afterwards two men tried to forced their way into the cockpit.

When they did not succeed, the men asked to be flown to Iran, but the plane landed in Antalya, after the pilot claimed it needed refuelling.

Plane hijacks and bomb threats are not uncommon in Turkey, where a number of radical groups - ranging from Kurdish separatists to far-left militants - operate.

In the last 18 months several such incidents have been defused without any passengers being harmed.

Author:  Ry [ Sat Aug 18, 2007 10:10 am ]
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Author:  NOTALOWBROW [ Sat Aug 18, 2007 11:07 am ]
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The hijackers told the women and children to leave, opened the emergency door and everyone jumped out. That is good stuff :lol: :lol: :lol:

Author:  k [ Sat Aug 18, 2007 1:42 pm ]
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Too early to say if it was an FF or not. But many things caught my attention. Especially this excerpt.

'The men are not thought to have had guns, though passengers described a suspect package that might have been a bomb. '

Makes you think Huh?

Author:  Ry [ Sun Aug 19, 2007 12:07 am ]
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Why not question them as to why they wanted to go to Iran? I don't think it was a government rn FF just part of the encouragement to get groups to act out in this way.

Author:  Ry [ Sun Aug 19, 2007 12:45 am ]
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I hope the BBC follows this up

Author:  Ian [ Mon Aug 20, 2007 10:39 am ]
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There won't need to be another FF or any other pretext for war with Iran. They want it and they will get it. Who's gonna stop it? Congress? The media?

lmaowvatst(laugh my ass off while vomiting at the same time)

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