Passengers Overpowers Hijacker On Turkish Airlines Flight TK1754

On Wednesday the national flag airline carrier of Turkey, Turkish Airlines, Flight TK1754 departed Oslo Garedermoen Airport, Oslo, Norway in a Airbus A320 at 3:50 PM local time. The aircraft climbed to its cruising altitude without incident for Istanbul Ataturk International Airport, Turkey.

As the pilot began to descend the aircraft, a passenger rose from his seat, then attempted to force his way into the cockpit, the hijacker stated “I have a bomb.” The hijacker was then subdued by passengers.

The Airbus A320 landed at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport without further incident. The hijacker was detained by police. When the police search the aircraft and the hijacker no explosives were found. It was reported the so called bomb was a simulated explosive device and not the real thing.

The hijacker was described as a Turkish male who had placed a mask over his face, had attempted to reroute the aircraft back to Norway. Police are investigating the hijackers motives. Police identified the hijacker as Cuma Yasar, 40.

One passenger described the device the hijacker used “looked like a radio handset.” Another passenger stated that when the hijacker shouted out his demand for the pilot to return the aircraft back to return Oslo she thought he was drunk. One passenger had warned the hijacker several times before he subdued the hijacker to the floor.

According to the Norwegian police when they searched Yasar they found in his possession an identification card that indicted Yasar suffers from a mental illness. According to the Norwegian media has reported Yasar has been living in an asylum seekers’ center in southwest Norway.

Turkish Airlines, Inc. is based in Turkey and headquartered in the Turkish Airlines General Management Building on the grounds of Atatürk Airport in Yesilköy, Istanbul. It operates scheduled services to 128 international and 39 domestic cities (38 domestic airports), serving a total of 167 airports, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

The airline's main base is at Atatürk International Airport, with secondary hubs at Esenboga International Airport, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, and Adnan Menderes Airport. In 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, THY carried 17 million, 19.7 million, 22.5 million, and 25.1 million passengers with total revenues of US $2.23, US $3.0, US $4.5, and US $4 billion, respectively.

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