Skip to comments.Ethiopian Airlines’ Flight 702 Squawks “HiJacking”
Posted on 02/16/2014 8:33:36 PM PST by CondorFlight
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Yes, hijacker arrested. Situation over.
When do you suppose John Kerry will learn of it?
There’s global warming threats to tackle first!!!!
It’s getting more interesting. Supposedly, the Swiss police have arrested the pilot, who was requesting asylum.
“Geneva Airport Police confidently stating that no one has been hurt (10:45pm)
Swiss Authorities stating that they have arrested the hi-jacker
There is a press conference scheduled for 9:00am CET (12:00am PST)
Swiss Police confirming that a pilot aboard the aircraft is the individual in custody (10:54pm PST)”
· The pilots of flight 702 communicated with Geneva Airport air traffic control to inquire about possibility of hijackers receiving asylum in Switzerland. Further details of the hijackers are not known.
· There was back-and-forth between Geneva Airport, Swiss authorities, the pilots, and hijackers as asylum was negotiated while the aircraft flew on dwindling fuel over Lake Geneva. The difficulty comes in the time this all occurred: 6am on a Monday morning in Geneva, an hour when there's little likelihood for those with decision power to be at their desks.
· With about 10 minutes of fuel remaining and one engine out, flight 702 safely landed on the single runway at Geneva Airport around 6:00am local time. ATC directed the aircraft to taxi to the end of the runway and stop. Friend of Jaunted and aviation authority @thatjohn believes he heard the pilots "telling ATC they will be coming out of the window."
· ATC went silent for several minutes before stating: "situation in progress and I have no idea when it will end. For the time, Geneva Airport is closed." Requests from other aircraft en route were denied, and they were informed that the airport is currently closed.
· Geneva Airpot's Tower ATC noted at 6:30am that they're hoping to re-open the airport at 7am local time, but the aircraft with the situation is still sitting on the tarmac and he is not sure of more details. Other aircraft bound for GVA are being rerouted to airports like MXP (Milan-Malpensa) and ZRH (Zurich).
Muslim hijackers, probably not the kind of people we’d want to have in a civilized country
Swiss Police confirming that a pilot aboard the aircraft is the individual in custody (10:54pm PST)
Aren’t there rules about news accounts of hi-jacking’s in progress being kept quiet ..??
I know it was talked about after 911 - but I don’t know if they did it or anything similar.
Do we have a pilot who can tell us ..??
It was the news of the other plane hijackings (and terrorist strikes with them) that saved another piece of Washington real estate on 9-11. Telling us “it’s for our own good” doesn’t work.
The hijacker already knows the plane has been hijacked.
The passengers generally do too.
It may be to keep the OTHER planes’ passengers in the air (and waiting to board flights) passive rather than on edge.
Maybe they are gay muslim hijackers. Seeking asylum in America where the president is gay muslim terrorist friendly.
The internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.
Asylum? From what????
Who knows. I'm not Ethiopian, but I bet if I were, I could think of some things ...
LiveLeak now reports:
- POLICE HAVE NOW CONFIRMED THE PILOT IS IN CUSTODY
The Pilot ? WTF ?
We can now confirm that all passengers are safe and accounted for. According to a German language newspaper, passengers have received psychological and mental care. Some of them have also been searched and questioned according to a Geneva police spokesperson.
Update 7 2:04 am E.S.T
So instead of rotten politicians dying, it was brave Americans who died in Shanksville, & NYC, & VA. Is there anyone in DC fit to shine the shoes of the men and women who died that day?
You suppose the pilot is a Muslim that doesn’t want to be a Muslim anymore....and this was the only way he could think of to escape?
Just a thought....
The surprise comes from the report that the pilots were exiting via the cockpit windows, yet now we learn at least one of the pilots was in on the hijacking.
I mean, I was thinking, this validates hardening the cockpit they can be induced to divert the flight, but they cannot be made to fly into skyscrapers. But then we learn the asylum requester was in the cockpit! WTF‽
- All - All - highjackers should be shot in the head on the runway after any landings -
- That will stop the Hollywood PR that they are seeking and getting -
- Either that or feed them to hungry wild boars - “Hannibal” style
Terror bombing at Israeli-Egyptian border kills 4 including 3 South Korea tourists and wounding more than a dozen more
If this was a flight with Ethiopian Christian passengers on it and it was hijacked, I figure they were fully aware of this lesson years, decades even, before 9/11. Another one of those nations that understood these kinds of threats when Americans were wholly sheltered from them.
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There was the EgyptAir pilot who crashed his plane, intentionally, on Halloween of 1999, IIRC.
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Morning local news reporting that the hijacker was the co-pilot.
So the pilot hijacked his own plane?
Pretty stupid, isn’t it?
Co-pilot hijacks Ethiopian Airlines plane, flies to Geneva, seeks asylum
Yes. He was the first to let us in on alahu akbar.
Authorities: Co-Pilot Took Control of Ethiopian Airlines Plane, Wanted Asylum
The only thing that kept the Capitol building and a goodly portion of congress critters from being crispy critters was the use of in-flight telephones.
As a reward for saving their miserable lives, congress promptly banned the use of in-flight telephones.
It was at this point I knew we were doomed...
Suppressing the news of plane hijackings (but not the terrorist taking of a school or boat) does nothing but kick the can down the street. EVENTUALLY the news will get out to persons who are on planes or about to board them.
Yes. I bet a modern Lot could find 50 such in the District of Columbia.
Just not in government...
With a graphic from that site. Is that site traditionally cited following hijackings? Or did some journalist(s) read this thread to get the play by play and a map to more info?
There wasn't a scrap of detail to be found online last night.
Is it possible for the pilot to trigger the hijacking beacon signal from outside the cockpit or did the co-pilot trigger it to alert other air traffic controllers know that he was taking the plane off course?
Then he could fly on any scheduled flight to any country that would have him and ask for asylum after he landed. He’s a friggin’ pilot. Pilots fly places.
He could have landed in Rome as scheduled and asked the Italian authorities.
He could have taken Eurorail to Geneva as a tourist/pilot on break and asked the Swiss there.
Yep. It satisfies most of the requirements for bad legislation.
It doesn’t address the problem
It moves or expands the problem elsewhere
It restricts the freedoms of honest citizens
It criminalizes normal activity
It provides loopholes for the actual criminals
It creates, expands or further empowers bureaucracy
It gives congress the warm fuzzy feeeeeeeling that they are doing something
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how life would have been different today if that had been true.
It is very odd, since he was heading for Rome anyway.
Once in Rome, he could go wherever he wanted in the EU with a valid passport.
Could have taken a train to Geneva.
Could simply have requested asylum in Rome.
Yes. I also wonder how different it would be if Flt 93 did take out that nest of vipers in the Capitol building.
No Pelosi. No Reid. No Boxer. No Jackson-Lee. No ____.
And the remnant awake and filled with a terrible resolve.
“It is very odd, since he was heading for Rome anyway.”
Exactly — I think he must have suffered a nervous breakdown and/or literally lost his mind, over some pressures.
The Egyptians entered a state of denial about that case. They accused the US of secretly recovering the FDR, reprogramming it, and throwing it back to be publicly recovered.
Now now. We all know that far greater resources were allocated to move our betters to safety during the attack than to actually prevent the attack beforehand.
I totally agree .. it was the families of those in the air who blew the whistle.
I couldn’t see any problem with it, but I had heard they were trying to stop it for some irrational reason (it was quite a while ago that I heard the rumblings).
The Swiss aren’t in EU. Their asylum laws are different and for some reason he preferred them.