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German police foil attempted hijack
http://www.itv.com/news/746089.html ^ | German television station

Posted on 06/29/2004 3:44:14 PM PDT by Friend of thunder

'German police foil attempted hijack' 11.17PM, Tue Jun 29 2004

German special forces are reported to have stormed a plane in Munich after three men attempted to hijack an Istanbul-bound flight.

The pilot was reportedly able to return the plane, which was carrying 150 passengers, to Munich airport.

A German television station said the pilot hit an alarm button after the plane, run by the company Free Bird, had been in the air for ten minutes.

It said none of the passengers were hurt when special forces overpowered the three kidnappers.

One of the would-be hijackers is said to have jumped from the plane onto the tarmac.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Germany; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: foiled; hijack; specialforces; turkey
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1 posted on 06/29/2004 3:44:14 PM PDT by Friend of thunder
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To: Friend of thunder

"Free Bird?" Sounds like a charter, perhaps?

Regardless, pretty scary.


2 posted on 06/29/2004 3:46:08 PM PDT by johnfrink
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To: johnfrink

Free Bird, bump.


3 posted on 06/29/2004 3:47:05 PM PDT by TBall (What song is it you would like to hear?)
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To: Friend of thunder

Hugh Hewitt has been mentioning it.


4 posted on 06/29/2004 3:47:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: johnfrink
http://www.freebirdairlines.com/
5 posted on 06/29/2004 3:48:07 PM PDT by July 4th (You need to click "Abstimmen")
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To: cripplecreek

I wonder if any of the hijackers were named Abdullah


6 posted on 06/29/2004 3:48:59 PM PDT by The Vast Right Wing (Some drink from the fountain of knowledge, the French and Germans only gargle)
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To: Friend of thunder

Is GWB still in Turkey?


7 posted on 06/29/2004 3:49:39 PM PDT by Fitzcarraldo
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To: Friend of thunder

Lemme guess, two Swedish grandmothers and a 9 year old in a wheelchair.


8 posted on 06/29/2004 3:49:50 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Friend of thunder
Munich after three men attempted to hijack an Istanbul-bound flight.

Er, isn't the President in Istanbul right now??

9 posted on 06/29/2004 3:49:59 PM PDT by johnfrink
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To: Friend of thunder

I hope the German police shot and killed the hijackers, but that wouldn't be PC. They'll probably be released after a few years in prison.


10 posted on 06/29/2004 3:50:46 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Friend of thunder

Probably a good time to go on full alert - there may be other attempts happening simulataneously.


11 posted on 06/29/2004 3:51:13 PM PDT by Fitzcarraldo
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To: Fitzcarraldo

No, he left there this morning.


12 posted on 06/29/2004 3:51:20 PM PDT by abnegation (If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness TR)
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$10 says at least one of the hijackers has a "-" in his name...


13 posted on 06/29/2004 3:51:29 PM PDT by oolatec
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To: All
Reuters Has a bit more info, I can't remember if we can copy them so just a link.
14 posted on 06/29/2004 3:53:07 PM PDT by Friend of thunder (No sane person wants war, but oppressors want oppression.)
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To: Friend of thunder

Good for the Germans.


15 posted on 06/29/2004 3:53:25 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: TBall
Free Bird, bump.


16 posted on 06/29/2004 3:53:49 PM PDT by Freebird Forever (Kill an islamie for mommy)
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To: johnfrink
Er, isn't the President in Istanbul right now

He left earlier today.

17 posted on 06/29/2004 3:54:52 PM PDT by Friend of thunder (No sane person wants war, but oppressors want oppression.)
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To: johnfrink
Er, isn't the President in Istanbul right now??

That is correct.

I do believe we've just witnessed an attempted (and thankfully aborted) 9-11-style assassination!

Hat's off to the German Special Forces! Gut! Sehr gut, mein herren!
18 posted on 06/29/2004 3:55:34 PM PDT by hoagy62 (I'm pullin' for ya...we're all in this together.")
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To: hoagy62

Oops! I was wrong...he did leave.

Oh well...it's STILL a good thing!


19 posted on 06/29/2004 3:56:55 PM PDT by hoagy62 (I'm pullin' for ya...we're all in this together.")
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To: hoagy62

If any Islamazoids think they could have taken a hijacked aircraft within 100 miles of a US President in Istanbul, they're total idiots.

Then again, most of those guys are total idiots, so that might have actually been their plan...


20 posted on 06/29/2004 3:59:59 PM PDT by johnfrink
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To: Friend of thunder
One of the would-be hijackers is said to have jumped from the plane onto the tarmac.

OUch! He might be cut or bruised. The Germans will now award this "militant" theie 'purpurrotes Herz' (purple heart).

21 posted on 06/29/2004 4:00:27 PM PDT by C210N
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To: Friend of thunder
three men attempted to hijack an Istanbul-bound flight

Why Turkey? NATO conference? hmmmm. I'll bet the three were Smith, Jones and Johnson, too.
22 posted on 06/29/2004 4:00:47 PM PDT by TomGuy (Clintonites have such good hind-sight because they had their heads up their hind-ends 8 years.)
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To: johnfrink

Forgive my ignorance but were the German forces on the plane or did they get on after the plane landed?


23 posted on 06/29/2004 4:01:21 PM PDT by Mears
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To: abnegation

Do we know when this attempted hijacking took place, i.e. what time of the day?


24 posted on 06/29/2004 4:02:31 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: Friend of thunder

I'm surprised the passengers didn't beat them to death and throw their bodies out of the plane over the Med.


25 posted on 06/29/2004 4:03:15 PM PDT by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON)
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To: Friend of thunder; Coop; Boot Hill; Cap Huff
Can you tell us .....when this happened.... what time today?
26 posted on 06/29/2004 4:05:17 PM PDT by Dog (In Memory of Pat Tillman ---- ---- ---- American Hero.)
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To: dawn53

I don't see a time on any of the reports right now.


27 posted on 06/29/2004 4:05:41 PM PDT by abnegation (If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness TR)
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To: Friend of thunder

"when special forces overpowered the three kidnappers"

It's a good thing there were special forces on board.


28 posted on 06/29/2004 4:06:26 PM PDT by QQQQQ
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To: Friend of thunder

This should but probably won't open the eyes of those nations who don't support the Iraq war. Just because they abstain from getting involved does not mean that they are free from terrorists.


29 posted on 06/29/2004 4:07:14 PM PDT by taxesareforever
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To: QQQQQ

Oops -- I missed the first line that special forces stormed the plane after it landed.


30 posted on 06/29/2004 4:07:17 PM PDT by QQQQQ
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To: QQQQQ

I think the SF guys stormed the plane after it returned to the airport.

I'm guessing this was a lame-ass attempt at hijacking, not a pro job. If SF guys stormed it immediately that means the guys were not armed with weapons, bombs, etc. Normally if the hijackers are armed they will wait it out on the tarmac.


31 posted on 06/29/2004 4:07:37 PM PDT by johnfrink
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To: Dog
"Can you tell us .....when this happened.... what time today?"

Fox News is about to cover this story next.

32 posted on 06/29/2004 4:09:05 PM PDT by blam
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To: johnfrink
I'm guessing this was a lame-ass attempt at hijacking, not a pro job.

it is beginning to look that way. The fact that the plane could turn around and land implies that the hijackers were not in full control.

33 posted on 06/29/2004 4:11:19 PM PDT by Friend of thunder (No sane person wants war, but oppressors want oppression.)
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To: Friend of thunder

Total speculation: this will be blamed on three immigrants who will be referred to as "asylum seekers" and authorities will deny that there is anything remotely "terroristic" about the incident. There will be some crazy story about the men wanting the plane to take them to Norway or some other non-threatening locale.

Move along, nothing to see.


34 posted on 06/29/2004 4:13:45 PM PDT by johnfrink
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To: Dog
Can you tell us .....when this happened.... what time today

Google has news going back about 1 hour.

35 posted on 06/29/2004 4:14:14 PM PDT by Friend of thunder (No sane person wants war, but oppressors want oppression.)
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To: Friend of thunder

Let's hope this was just one hijacking attempt, and not part of a wider wave.


36 posted on 06/29/2004 4:14:26 PM PDT by maquiladora
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To: johnfrink

It explains why one of the hijackers was able to jump from the plane onto the tarmac after being in the air for 10 minutes. Must of had strong legs.


37 posted on 06/29/2004 4:19:13 PM PDT by Hayzo
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To: Fitzcarraldo
Is GWB still in Turkey?

No, he left this morning (EDT).

38 posted on 06/29/2004 4:19:35 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: maquiladora
Let's hope this was just one hijacking attempt, and not part of a wider wave.

My first thought was that it was part of more (hijacking is risky business these days) but because it was, apparently, so poorly done I hope – I pray – it is isolated.

39 posted on 06/29/2004 4:21:10 PM PDT by Friend of thunder (No sane person wants war, but oppressors want oppression.)
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To: Freebird Forever; TBall; johnfrink
Free Bird, bump.

What, not Stairway to Heaven?

And no 72 virgins for those three.

40 posted on 06/29/2004 4:22:29 PM PDT by unspun (Love ya, W - try vetoing sometime. | I'm not "Unspun w/ AnnaZ" but I appreciate.)
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To: QQQQQ
It's a good thing there were special forces on board.

Heh heh, sounds like the first chapter of Clancy's novel, "Rainbow Six", where a couple of yahoos try to take over a flight that happens to have most of the world's foremost antiterror operators on board, in civilian clothes.

How do you say "D'OH!" in Arabic?

41 posted on 06/29/2004 4:22:44 PM PDT by Riley (Need an experienced computer tech in the DC Metro area? I'm looking. Freepmail for details.)
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To: Friend of thunder
Well, what it most probably is, is a Turkish guy, living in Germany (there are huge numbers of Turkish people in Germany), who tried to hijack a plane to his native country because he's probably trying to make "a statement" about the NATO meeting and the Bush visit there.

I know its early days, but I have a feeling thats what it might be. The story broke about an hour ago btw.

42 posted on 06/29/2004 4:27:50 PM PDT by maquiladora
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To: Friend of thunder

Damn those Lutheran terrorists! Why can't they be peaceful like teh Wahabbists?


43 posted on 06/29/2004 4:48:15 PM PDT by inkling
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To: Paleo Conservative
I hope the German police shot and killed the hijackers, but that wouldn't be PC. They'll probably be released after a few years in prison.

If it was GSG-9 that took down the plane, they are not very PC.

44 posted on 06/29/2004 4:49:49 PM PDT by killjoy (It takes a Kerry to burn a village.)
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To: inkling

Damn Sweedes


45 posted on 06/29/2004 4:50:09 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Friend of thunder

Man arrested after plane bomb scare
From correspondents in Munich
June 30, 2004
A TURKISH airliner has made an emergency landing in Munich after a passenger made a bomb threat, police said.

The Freebird Airlines Airbus with 150 passengers and seven crew on board had just started its flight from Munich to Istanbul when it reported "security problems," police spokesman Armin Ganserer said.

It returned to Munich airport, where a man was removed and arrested, he said.

"Apparently it was a bomb threat," Mr Ganserer said.

Mr Ganserer did not have any details about the man's nationality or age, and motives were unclear.









No injuries were reported


46 posted on 06/29/2004 4:51:23 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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bttt


47 posted on 06/29/2004 4:51:27 PM PDT by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BurbankKarl

second hijacking threat


Hijack threat: Security beefed up in Karipur airport
Kozhikode, June 29 (UNI) Security has been tightened in and around the Karipur airport here following reports of a possible hijack of a gulf-bound flight by a Muslim fundamentalist outfit.

Airport Director M Subha Rao told UNI that ''special security'' had been sounded in and around the airport on an intelligence report that the terrorist outfit Al-Qaeda might hijack an international flight originating from the airport.

As a precautionary measure, he said the airport authorities, after a meeting with the Indian Airlines and Air India officials on Saturday, decided to beef up security arrangements on the international flights and in the airport premises by deploying the Central Industrial Security Force personnel apart from the airport's own security network.

The authorities have also ordered foolproof screening on non-Malayalees and foreigners arriving at the airport, he said.

The public sector Air India and Indian Airlines are operating flights to various destinations in the West Asia from Karipur airport, used by a majority of the Gulf bound passengers in the country.


48 posted on 06/29/2004 4:58:26 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: hoagy62
I do believe we've just witnessed an attempted (and thankfully aborted) 9-11-style assassination!

Not likely ... the hijack attempt was too early in the flight to Istanbul. Maybe a target closer ... but a 3 hour flight to Istanbul would have been easily intercepted long before arriving over a target in that area.

49 posted on 06/29/2004 5:06:41 PM PDT by BluH2o
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To: BurbankKarl
"The authorities have also ordered foolproof screening on non-Malayalees and foreigners arriving at the airport, he said. "

No BS here, they're looking for Muslims.

50 posted on 06/29/2004 5:12:14 PM PDT by blam
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