Planenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2502 times:
The Associated Press
6/9/02 4:03 PM
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Security guards killed two men armed with knives who attempted to hijack an Ethiopian Airlines' aircraft while it was making a domestic flight in this Horn of Africa nation, a government official said Sunday.
The two men attempted to hijack the aircraft carrying 42 passengers after it took off from Bahr Dar, 250 miles northwest of Addis Ababa, shortly after 5 p.m. local time, said Information Minister Netsanet Asfaw.
The security guards overpowered the hijackers while the plane was in the air and the aircraft landed safely in Addis Ababa, its destination, Netsanet said. She did not say how the men were killed or what their motives were.
One passenger was slightly injured, she said.
An Ethiopian Airlines' official, who did not want to be identified, confirmed the incident took place but said any further information had to come from the government.
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2466 times:
ET flights have been hijacked numerous times before...the most famous being the 767 which crashed into the Indian Ocean off the Comoros Islands; in that case, the hijackers forced the crew to set course for Australia (!), despite repeated assurances by the crew that there was insufficient fuel available.....the a/c eventually ran dry, and the crew attempted to ditch the a/c, but were hampered by the fact that the hijackers were in the cockpit at the time, struggling with the flightcrew....in the end, we had a sort of semi-controlled crash wish unfortuntaely caused some deaths.
Interesting that in this case, a guard was aboard the a/c....guess this kind of measure works.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2222 times:
The USA does have Air Marshalls. There are not (yet?) enough of them to put them on every flight but they are there.
No official figures on the percentage of flights they are on, or the numbers on board.