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Turkish plane 'hijacker' subdued

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A man who apparently attempted to hijack a Turkish Airlines plane has been overpowered by fellow passengers, officials say.

The passengers on board the plane flying from Antalya to St Petersburg, Russia, quickly subdued the man, who claimed to have a bomb.

No explosives were discovered on the passenger who was reportedly drunk.

The Airbus A-320 with more than 160 people on board continued its flight and later landed in St Petersburg.

He was so drunk, he gave a note to a stewardess claiming to have explosives on him
Temel Kotil,
Turkish Airlines manager

The man - who was not immediately identified - was taken off the plane and arrested by Russian police.

The passenger sparked a hijack alert after handing a note to a stewardess, officials say.

"He was so drunk, he gave a note to a stewardess claiming to have explosives on him," Turkish Airlines manager Temel Kotil told Turkey's NTL television.

The man then allegedly tried to force his way towards the cockpit, but was overpowered by fellow passengers.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

The incident happened in Belarussian air space.



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