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Serbia's state-run RTS TV reported that police had arrested a Jordanian man after he tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Lufthansa flight.
It said the man suddenly got up during the flight, banged on the cockpit door and demanded to be allowed to enter, threatening to open one of the Airbus A319's external doors while it was flying over Austria.
The man, who the Serbian press said had a US passport, had shouted that he wished to join Allah along with all the passengers, RTS said.
Flight crew and members of a Serbian handball team overpowered him and kept him subdued until the flight landed in Belgrade where he was arrested, the report said.
The head of the handball team's club, Milan Djukic, who was on the flight, said the man had seemed "nervous" before boarding the plane.
"I exchanged a few words with him and he was very nervous. Before takeoff, the flight attendants made him change seats three times," Djukic told private Serbian TV station Moja Prva.
"When he got up, he crossed through business class and started banging on a door demanding for that of the cockpit to be opened," Djukic said. "A crew member and one of our coaches calmed him down and persuaded him to sit back down." For the rest of the flight, "these two men and two of our players kept him company so that he would stay calm," Djukic added.
He said that after the plane landed, Serbian police boarded and arrested the man, who he said would be held for 48 hours for "provoking general danger".
An armed man with marital problems hijacked a Philippine Airlines flight, but bailed out after robbing passengers when his demand to have the plane diverted was rejected. The Airbus A330 descended to about 1,800 metres (6,000 feet) and the man opened a door and jumped out with a home-made parachute over the Manila suburb of Marikina.
Hijacker Dies After Makeshift Parachute Fails
MANILA — The body has been found of a man who tried to hijack a Philippine Airlines jet with 291 people on board, then bailed out at 6,000 feet wearing a homemade parachute, authorities said today. Soldiers recovered the body of Augusto Lakandula about 40 miles east of Manila in a heavily forested area after residents reported seeing a parachute landing Thursday afternoon, a military official said. Officials theorized that the parachute opened after the leap from the Airbus 330, then failed. When told that fuel was low, he instead robbed everyone and bailed out, authorities said.
About an hour into the 600-mile flight to Manila, the capital, Lakandula--armed with a grenade and a pistol--ordered the pilot to return to Davao in the southern Philippines. The plane was de-pressurized so that Lakandula could jump from 6,000 feet with his parachute. A flight attendant said she opened the door for Lakandula and had to help him out.