Hijacked Russian Jet Forced to Land in Prague

A Russian Aeroflot airliner made an unscheduled landing at Prague's international airport on Thursday after an apparent hijacking attempt, and a passenger was detained, police said.

The Airbus A320 flying from Moscow to Geneva, landed at Ruzyne airport shortly before 11 a.m., airport spokeswoman Pavlina Hajkova said.

Police spokesman Pavel Hantak said that the alleged hijacker was "pacified on board the plane" and the man, a Russian citizen, was taken into custody by Czech police.

Pantak said the man been threatening the crew of the plane but did not elaborate.

Deputy director of Aeroflot, Lev Koshlyakov, told Rossiya television, "One of the passengers said he had an explosive device."

Hantak said it was not immediately clear when the plane could resume its flight to Switzerland.


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