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A drunk passenger who attempted to hijack a Moscow-bound plane has been arrested, Russian officials have said.
The Aeroflot flight from the Siberian city of Surgut suddenly made a 180-degree turn after take-off on Tuesday, sparking concerns of possible terrorism.
But it soon became clear that the apparent hijacker was very drunk, according to one Russian news agency.
According to investigators, the 41-year-old man “in a state of drunkenness, threatening that he had a weapon, attempted to break into the cockpit and demanded that the flight destination be changed”.
The pilots, reportedly convincing him that they would need to refuel, rerouted the plane to the city of Khanty-Mansiysk. Once there, Russian police in masks boarded the plane and detained the suspect.