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ISTANBUL, Turkey - Self-proclaimed al-Qaida members hijacked a Turkish airliner on its way from Northern Cyprus to Istanbul on Saturday, the private television station NTV reported.
The hijackers demanded that the airplane be flown to Tehran, Iran, said Tuncay Doganer, CEO of the private Atlasjet airline company.
But the plane landed at an airport in Antalya, a Turkish province on the Mediterranean coast, after pilots said there was not enough fuel to fly to Iran, Doganer said.
he hijackers had asked that the Atlastjet Airlines plane be diverted to Iran or Syria but the pilots landed the plane at Antalya airport in southwestern Turkey, said Tuncay Doganer, CEO of Atlasjet.
They spoke in Arabic, sometimes they spoke in English. One of them spoke a little Turkish," said the woman, who was not identified.
Originally posted by Equinox99
Well you must remember this is a Turkish plane and not many speak English.
So who knows what the hijackers are planning.
Originally posted by SmokeyJo
Hopefully the crew and remaining hostages are released without incident
Originally posted by discomfit
Hopefully the terrorist will be killed and the passengers will remain unharmed. It's important that these types of people understand that hijackings do not work.