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Posted on 04/19/2009 11:03:59 PM PDT by prisoner6Edited on 04/19/2009 11:46:28 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
CNN) -- Passengers were reportedly taken hostage on a charter flight at a Jamaican airport.
They were boarding the CanJet flight from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay to Halifax, Canada, late Sunday when the security breach occurred, said Elizabeth Scotton, a spokeswoman for the company that manages the airport.
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Gunman ‘holds up Jamaica plane’
A man is holding a number of hostages on board a plane in the Jamaican resort of Montego Bay, reports say.
The man reportedly breached security systems using fake ID and boarded the plane as it was preparing to take off at around 2230 local time (0430 GMT).
There are unconfirmed reports that a shot has been fired on board the Canada-bound charter plane. The gunman is said to have robbed passengers.
BREAKING NEWS Up to 140 passengers aboard a plane reportedly destined for Canada are being held hostage at Sangster International Airporter in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Officials say the hostage situation began at 10:30 p.m. local time when the man breached security systems by using several fake identification cards.
Reports suggest one person, possibly an airline employee, has been shot dead. Airport officials, however, say there have been no fatalities.
“Armed Man Holding Hostages at Jamaica Airport”
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SNIPPET: “Officials say the hostage situation began at 10:30 p.m. local time when the man breached security systems by using several fake identification cards.
Reports suggest one person, possibly an airline employee, has been shot dead. Airport officials, however, say there have been no fatalities.”
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SNIPPET: “The man is said to have used the staff entrance and breached security systems, by using several fake identification cards in the airport pouch hung around his neck.
He reportedly boarded the Canjet plane, which was preparing to take off.
The flight was returning to Canada, and was intended to make a stop in Cuba.
The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre has received word that at least one shot was fired on board the aircraft. It’s not clear if any one was injured.
The gunman is said to have proceeded to rob passengers who were kept hostage for approximately half an hour before they were eventually released.
Staff informants at the airport said the gunman appeared to be Latino, and was wearing a pair of short pants and black long sleeve shirt.”
It was like that when I first went ther 25-years ago...
Thank you kcvl.
Where were you before my wife and I threw away our $2K on an all-inclusive crapfest?
Oh, your welcome. Thank you!
I would never go to the tropics, but why not go to the Keys or Virgin Islands?
If you can’t go out and intermingle with the locals it’s not a vacaction IMO.
Sure went to a lot of trouble just to commit robbery.
I wonder why a Canjet plane.
FWIW police and army on the scene and have cordoned off a fairly large area.
Yes, it’s a bit odd, but then this is breaking news and breaking news is always subject to change.
A reporter with Radio Jamaica told CNN that officials on the Caribbean island would not confirm reports that the pilot of the plane scheduled to fly to Canada had been shot and killed.
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“Jamaican airport hijacking
Gunman holds 7 hostages”
SNIPPET: “According to CNN, five members of the flight crew and two passengers were still being held. 167 other passengers have been released.”
“The gunman robbed the passengers?” In Jamaica?
If you ever win a free trip there - do not go. Dangerous toilet.
If you want aggressive people coming up to you every 3 seconds trying to sell you pot then rob you - you will love it. Just take out life insurance before you go.
It’s probably a Quaker.
They are playing it off as a “mentally ill” 20 year old. Do we have a name yet?
They can always grab a bite at margaritaville.
I wonder how many of those travelers changed their travel plans from Mexico and went to Jamaica instead.
If you're thinking of taking a cruise and one of the stops is Jamaica, pick another itinerary or a different cruise line.
You can constantly feel revolution in the air there. The poverty is appalling. The men are sullen. Begging children besiege you as you walk. Some try to sell drugs or their sisters. Police in colorful uniforms patrol on horseback around the cruise ports.
Caribbean islands affiliated with Americans, British and Dutch offer comparatively safe and pleasant alternatives to visit.
Leni ("Bahama Mama" for FR fund-raising Caribbean cruises)
“They are playing it off as a mentally ill 20 year old. Do we have a name yet?”
Just heard at 8am EDT on Classical 96.3 FM is that the gunman is now in custody, nobody injured.
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — The gunman who took six Canadian crew members hostage on a CanJet flight at Sangster International Airport has been captured by police and the crew has been freed.
Police said the gunman boarded CanJet flight 918 after he breached security at Sangster International Airport late Sunday evening. He was nabbed after a tense eight-hour standoff at the airport, one of the largest in the Caribbean.
CanJet said none of the passengers or crew members have been harmed.
“Just heard at 8am EDT on Classical 96.3 FM is that the gunman is now in custody, nobody injured.”
Did CNN blame Bush for it yet?
Thanks for the update, good news!
St. Thomas or St. Johns, but Jamaica........never!
Jamaica spokesman took lessons from Baghdad Bob.
His comments were laughable. Oh, it’s nothing, could happen anywhere in the world. blah blah blah. After all, the hijacker is from around here and is known.
Mormon kidnappers? Or maybe Mennonites?
Nope, just a garden-variety criminal. Too many of them in Jamaica, unfortunately- I’d rather go to the Bahamas or Trinidad.
I was once in Moatego Bay on a cruise ship, and we left two passengers behind — arrested on the dock on drug charges.
Scuttlebutt had it that their cabbie turned them in to get a reward.
Jamaica is a nightmare. Avoid avoid avoid and avoid Mexico. If you go just make sure to take out a life insurance policy.
Went there on our honeymoon. Big mistake. Will never go back and have advised several friends not to go there. We were solicited (aka harassed) to buy every drug imaginable from the moment we got off the plane. Harassed constantly to buy trinkets from the locals.
Shady characters, rampant druggies and criminals everywhere. We were advised by one local not to frequent certain parts of Montego Bay, otherwise “we won’t come back” were his exact words.
Unbelievable poverty in that country, very sad especially to see the children.
The British Virgins are much safer than the American Virgins. IMO
My Jamaica drug-bust story (post 42) fits in with your Jamaica drug-sale story.
The probable drug-bust racket is simple, efficient, and profitable.
My guess is this drug bust scam works this way.
Tourist gets set up. They spend half the day in jail and are scared witless. The local judge or police cheif offers a deal to pay a fine. The local bank wires a few thousand from the pasty tourist’s bank account to get them out of jail. Sort of like the old days of speed traps in the south to catch Yankees driving to Florida.
Avoid Mexico, Jamacia and other hell holes like Guatemala.
That's definitely staying ahead of the curve. Visiting Third World Hell Holes, but staying out of permanent trouble. Not for the feignt of heart, nor the easily intimidated with the "deer in the headlights" look when things go downhill, fast.
Harry Belafonte owns a large, well kept ranch in Jamaica. He lives in NYC most of the time, though.
Does Harry have a rent control apt in NYC? Mick Jagger’s ex Bianca had one. It was a part time residence. She went to court to try to hold onto it but lost.