January 2011: Turkish Airlines Flight 1754, flying from Oslo to Istanbul, was in Bulgarian airspace when an unsuccessful attempt was made to hijack it. Media reported that the man put on a mask and tried to force his way into the cockpit, saying he had a bomb. He is said to have demanded that the plane return to Oslo, before being subdued by passengers. The man was arrested when the plane landed at Istanbul's Ataturk airport. All 60 passengers and seven crew members got off the aircraft; none were injured during the incident.
April 2011: An attempt was made to hijack Alitalia Flight 329, en route from Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France, to Fiumicino Airport, Rome, and divert it to Tripoli International Airport, Libya. The hijacker, Valery Tolmachev, a 48-year-old Kazakh diplomat who was a Paris resident, walked up to a female flight attendant and then placed a Swiss Army knife with a 3in blade against her throat. He was jumped from behind by four other flight attendants, supported by passengers. They over-powered him and he was held on the floor of the plane. There was a doctor among the passengers and he was able to inject the man with a tranquiliser to calm him down and make him feel drowsy. He was arrested and taken into custody after the aircraft made a safe landing at Rome.
June 2012: Six people on board Tianjin Airlines flight GS7554 from Hotan to Urumqi in China tried to violently take over the plane ten minutes after take-off. There were 6 police officers on board. Four were in plain clothes, taking the plane for a business trip. The hijackers used aluminium canes with sharpened tips to attack the members of the crew. The police officers and civilians on board subdued the hijackers, all of whom were of Uyghur ethnicity. The hijackers were rapidly overpowered, but seven people were injured in the fracas. The flight returned to Hotan airport 22 minutes after takeoff and the six people were arrested.
February 2014: A Ukrainian man made bomb threats before trying to hijack Pegasus Airlines Flight 751, that was on a flight from Kharkiv, Ukraine, to Istanbul, Turkey, and divert it to Sochi, where the 2014 Winter Olympics were opening. He claimed to have a bomb on board. The pilots turned off the in-flight monitors and landed at Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport, fooling the man into thinking he was landing in Sochi. The man, who appeared to be severely intoxicated, was detained by the police.
February 2014: The co-pilot of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 702, which was scheduled to fly from Addis Ababa to Rome, took control of the plane when the pilot went to the toilet. He diverted the flight from its original destination of Rome to Geneva looking for asylum. He landed the plane and left through the window on a rope. The man, an Ethiopian in his early 30s, was arrested when the plane landed at Geneva International Airport. The 202 passengers and crew aboard the Boeing 767-300 were not harmed.
March 2015: Germanwings Flight 9525, a scheduled flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf was hijacked by the co-pilot. 30 minutes after takeoff 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz locked himself in a cockpit when the captain had gone out for a break. Lubitz then started to descend. Captain Patrick Sondenheime (34) tried desperately to communicate with Lubitz, but he didn't reply. After 8 minutes of falling, the airplane crashed in the Alps near the French village Prads-Haute-Bléone. There were 144 passengers and 6 crew members on board. None of them survived the crash.
March 2016: An EgyptAir plane flying from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday. A man claiming to be wearing a suicide belt hijacked the flight from Alexandria to Cairo, forcing the pilot to divert to Larnaca in Cyprus, where he held passengers and crew hostage. The six-hour siege ended peacefully, with passengers and crew leaving the plane. The hijacker, identified as Seif Eldin Mustafa, an Egyptian national, whose motives remained a mystery, was arrested after giving himself up. Reports and comments by the president of Cyprus suggested the man was motivated by a desire to contact his ex-wife, a Cypriot national, who was reportedly brought to the airport to talk to him. But officials said later that he was seeking the release of some female prisoners in Egypt, and to speak to EU officials.
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As the Egyptian airliner hijacking saga ended with the arrest of the culprit, mid-day looks back at other plane hijacking incidents in the recent past that shook the world