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Ethiopian Hijack?

Old 17th Feb 2014, 04:00
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Question Ethiopian Hijack?

Hi...seems strange, maintaining FL360, Sqw 7500 already passed Fiumicino about half an hour???
Please mods delete or move this thread if its only a FR24 Bug.
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 04:22
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Many folks have been monitoring. Through liveatc.net someone heard "Asylum or assurance that we will not be transferred to the authorities". Seems like the real deal?
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 04:34
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Holding at 7000 ft over Geneva at the moment.
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 05:02
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Seems to be on ground at Geneva at this moment
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 05:24
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airport currently closed- no information being given
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 06:01
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From Reuters:

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Old 17th Feb 2014, 06:02
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Aircraft is taxiing again
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 06:18
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Poor Ethiopian

Isn't this their second hijacking? IIRC they had one quite some time ago where the hijackers wanted to go to Australia for asylum but the plane didn't have enough fuel and as such it crash landed in the ocean.

Good to see that everything has turned out fine (so far). Btw I have seen reports that the pilots left the cockpit through the windows after landing, if this is the case then is doing so standard procedure?
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 06:19
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BBC have flagged it up as newsworthy

BBC News - Ethiopian plane diverted to Geneva

A spokesman at Geneva airport told Reuters news agency a hijacked aircraft had arrived at the airport.
The airline said in a statement all passengers and crew were safe at Geneva airport.
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 06:48
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Being reported on local English language radio English Speaking Radio Switzerland I Local News, Classifieds & Information for Expats in the Lake Geneva Region I World Radio Switzerland GVA closed, inbound flights being diverted. Apparently one of the pilots arrested ...???

Edited to add someone arrested, could be a pilot. Situation under control, nobody injured. Appears to be over.
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 06:59
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Swiss police told a newspaper one of the pilots has been arrested.
This is an atc recording in which can be heard that asylum was requested.
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 07:20
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Airport opened for departures at 0815 local, will open for arrivals at 0845. Press Conference at GVAAP at 0900.
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 08:25
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Sort of makes sense that the flight crew is behind this. They are the ones already at the controls. I guess this event "proves" that the security procedures in place did not fail. And it also shows that security checking of flight crew is totally useless. They can fly the airplane anywhere, any time.
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 08:33
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The FO has apparently been arrested, after having refused the Captain re-entry to the flight deck after a toilet visit, and flown the aircraft to Geneva. Don't like his chances of political asylum in Switzerland though
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 08:33
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Something odd going on. The pic in the Telegraph shows the steps at the L1 door but the taxi and landing lights are still on, the flaps look to still be down and the F/O window is open with what looks like the escape rope dangling down. More to this than meets the eye, perhaps.

Hijacked aircraft lands in Geneva - Telegraph

ETA on closer inspection it might just be a dirty streak rather than the escape rope, actually. The rope would be a bit further back...
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 08:37
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Co- pilot left the aircraft by rope through the cockpit- window.

I can understand that, since he probably didn't want to meet the angry pax and very captain
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 08:42
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Seems he was looking for asylum according to Airport spokesman Bertrand Staempfli.

"He said he felt threatened in his country and wants to seek asylum in Switzerland."

Co-pilot surrenders to Swiss police after hijack - RTÉ News
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 08:53
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More info:

Ethiopian Airlines flight hijacked by co-pilot seeking asylum in Switzerland - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

if so
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 08:57
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9:10 The pirate Ethiopian origin, born in 1983, was the copilot of flight Addis Ababa to Rome. He took control of the aircraft while the pilot was the toilet after trapped in the cabin. Approaching the airport at four in the morning, he asked the control tower to land to refuel kerosene before finally know that it was a diversion. He then jumped out of the cockpit with a rope. - See more at: Live: détournement à Cointrin: le pirate était le copilote - News - La Côte - Journal régional lémanique

Google translate from French.
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Old 17th Feb 2014, 09:08
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Briliant, just brilliant.

Since 'lessons will (have to) be learned', one wonders to what level of stupidity our political leaders will sink to this time round. No less than 2 persons in the cockpit at any one time, perhaps?
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