Skip to comments.German police foil attempted hijack
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.
"Free Bird?" Sounds like a charter, perhaps?
Regardless, pretty scary.
Free Bird, bump.
Hugh Hewitt has been mentioning it.
I wonder if any of the hijackers were named Abdullah
Is GWB still in Turkey?
Lemme guess, two Swedish grandmothers and a 9 year old in a wheelchair.
Er, isn't the President in Istanbul right now??
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.
Probably a good time to go on full alert - there may be other attempts happening simulataneously.
No, he left there this morning.
$10 says at least one of the hijackers has a "-" in his name...
Good for the Germans.
He left earlier today.
Oops! I was wrong...he did leave.
Oh well...it's STILL a good thing!
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...
OUch! He might be cut or bruised. The Germans will now award this "militant" theie 'purpurrotes Herz' (purple heart).
Forgive my ignorance but were the German forces on the plane or did they get on after the plane landed?
Do we know when this attempted hijacking took place, i.e. what time of the day?
I'm surprised the passengers didn't beat them to death and throw their bodies out of the plane over the Med.
I don't see a time on any of the reports right now.
"when special forces overpowered the three kidnappers"
It's a good thing there were special forces on board.
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.
Oops -- I missed the first line that special forces stormed the plane after it landed.
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.
Fox News is about to cover this story next.
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.
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.
Google has news going back about 1 hour.
Let's hope this was just one hijacking attempt, and not part of a wider wave.
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.
No, he left this morning (EDT).
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.
What, not Stairway to Heaven?
And no 72 virgins for those three.
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?
I know its early days, but I have a feeling thats what it might be. The story broke about an hour ago btw.
Damn those Lutheran terrorists! Why can't they be peaceful like teh Wahabbists?
If it was GSG-9 that took down the plane, they are not very PC.
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
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.
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.
No BS here, they're looking for Muslims.