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Atlas Jet Hijack

Old 18th Aug 2007, 07:33
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Atlas Jet Hijack

Turkish News reporting Atlas Jet (A320?) from Ercan North Cyprus to Istanbul has been Hijacked, Diverted to Antalya, seems to be currently held on the ramp
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Old 18th Aug 2007, 07:36
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From BBC

A plane flying from Cyprus to Istanbul has been diverted to the southern Turkish city of Antalya after a hijack attempt, Turkish TV reports.

The two hijackers, who are reported to be speaking Arabic, wanted the plane to fly to Tehran.
A number of passengers escaped from the plane after it landed at Antalya.
An official from the airline, Atlas Jet, said there were 136 passengers and six crew on the plane when it left Ercan Airport in Northern Cyprus.
The plane was two hours into its journey from Northern Cyprus to Istanbul, when two men tried to forced their way into the cockpit, the BBC's Turkey correspondent Sarah Rainsford reports.
When they did not succeed, the men asked to be flown to Iran, but the plane landed in Antalya.
A number of passengers then succeeded in opening the door and jumping on the tarmac, according to local reports.
Only a few passengers, crew members and the hijackers were left on board, Atlas Jet chief executive Tuncay Doganer said.
It is thought the hijackers do not possess weapons, but appear to carry what is thought to be a bomb, Mr Doganer told Turkish TV. Passengers told local TV that the hijackers were tall, dark skinned, apparently speaking Arabic and claiming to be from al-Qaeda.
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Old 18th Aug 2007, 07:56
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so security precautions seem to work then? I also thought it wasn't possible to profile these types. Dark skinned, middle eastern origin, arabic speaking? Unbelievable really.
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Old 18th Aug 2007, 07:59
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I like the part when they could not get through the cockpit door, he asked to be flown to Terhan.

did he knock politely and say please!! before he mentioned the bomb!!
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Old 18th Aug 2007, 08:35
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The 'aviation security expert' on the BBC is sitting looking at the video footage of the pax exiting over the wings and jumping from the tail cone escape route and telling us that the Boeing 727 isn't going to fly anywhere soon.
The man is a stupid prat and makes him and his ilk look even dumber than the idiots who ask them for their comments.

Will no one rid the world of these 'experts'?
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Old 18th Aug 2007, 08:41
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I'm Glad someone else noticed. I'm no expert in any field and just waking up and could tell it wasnt a 727. How can someone soo posh talking and with a title under their name of aviation expert not know anything about aviation. I was sat there staring at him while he was waffling on and thought what a n*b head.

I think I knew the name of that plane when I was 12 years old.
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Old 18th Aug 2007, 08:56
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Typical media getting the details wrong again.....its an MD83 of AtlasJet. The video footage shows passengers escaping from emergency exits whilst at Antalya Airport
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Yes True, Taken back I just don't like people who come across as a know it all, but know nothing. I come across as if I know nothing but know alot, example was my flying when it came to the chief pilot being shocked at hearing me over the radio as opposed to talking in general.
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Old 18th Aug 2007, 09:08
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Pilots left the plane via cockpit windows

It was a MD83 from World Focus Airlines chartered by Atlasjet.
Media reported that the pilots left the airplane thru the cockpit windows.

Found this on airorthaber.com
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Old 18th Aug 2007, 09:30
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If you look at the video footage of the passengers getting off the aircraft it does say Atlasjet all down the side in very big letters. Think we should let them off that one.
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Old 18th Aug 2007, 09:39
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According to passenger reports the plane was "apparently" plumetting towards the earth.

Also it was said that 4 were still on-board, 2 crew and 2 hijackers. Does anyone have more on this? Are the crew being held hostage by the hijackers or are were the crew restraining them until police arrive?
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Old 18th Aug 2007, 09:50
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Seems the flightcrew have made it off. Some cabin crew still on board.

ANKARA, Aug 18, 2007 (AFP) - The two men who hijacked a Turkish
airplane en route from northern Cyprus to Istanbul on Saturday are
Iranians, the Anatolia news agency quoted Turkish Cypriot Transport
Minister Salih Usar as saying.
Usar, speaking in Nicosia, said the hijackers were protesting
against the policies of the United States.
The plane, which took off from Ercan airport in the northern
Turkish Cypriot part of divided Nicosia, landed in the southern
Turkish resort of Antalya after the pilots said they needed to
refuel.
The hijackers wanted to go to Iran or Syria, passengers and
officials said.
The pilots and most of the passengers escaped after the plane
landed in Antalya, leaving only the hijackers and a few passengers
and crew still on board.
The two men, according to passengers, claim to be Al-Qaeda
members and in possession of a bomb.
su/jj
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Old 18th Aug 2007, 09:54
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I'm not sure but i think pilot and co-pilot are still on-board
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Old 18th Aug 2007, 11:59
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Quote"
"The plane was two hours into its journey from Northern Cyprus to Istanbul, when two men tried to forced their way into the cockpit, the BBC's Turkey correspondent Sarah Rainsford reports." unquote

If it was 2 hours enroute, it must have been overhead Istanbul.....and THEN diverted south another 1:20 to Antalya.....highly unlikely. Must have diverted much earlier....A380 was it? experts..
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Old 18th Aug 2007, 12:29
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For Payscale.....


"The men claimed to be carrying a bomb and demanded that the Atlasjet Airlines plane headed from northern Cyprus to Istanbul be diverted to Iran. The plane, which had taken off from northern Cyprus headed for Istanbul, landed at Antalya airport after pilots said they needed to refuel."

New York Times
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Old 18th Aug 2007, 19:00
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It is a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (DC-0-83), used to belong to Iran AirTOur Airline.

Glad to see all ok
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Old 18th Aug 2007, 19:53
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Brings to mind an interesting question I was asked during a sim check once.
Say you were on the ground, in the cockpit and had thirty seconds to disable your aircraft so that it could not be flown without serious mechanical repair. What would you do?

I would disconnect the CSD's on the generators, for one....
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Old 18th Aug 2007, 22:48
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Not a bad suggestion Huck, or you could do as most f/deck crew tend to do and spill their tea/coffee/coke over the centre consol !!. Always seems to take a few hours to fix

Glad to hear these "terrorist's" failed in their mission and will now be spending a number of nights at the mercy of the Turkish Police - I'm sure they don't adhere to Human Rights Laws over there !!.

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Old 19th Aug 2007, 01:01
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Interesting seeing the video of the evac on the BBC News website.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6952594.stm

The tailcone just fell away and dangled in the breeze, leaving what looked like a pretty long jump for the pax. Is there no slide on the tailcone, or had it been disarmed perhaps?
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Old 19th Aug 2007, 01:44
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It can't have happened, the security precautions put in place after the attacks on the world trade centre would have prevented any future aircraft hijackings. Just not possible anymore.
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