Passengers overpower armed airline highjacker
16 February 2007, LAS PALMAS - Spanish security forces arrested a man who hijacked a Mauritanian airliner that eventually landed at an airport in the Canary Islands.
16 February 2007
LAS PALMAS - Spanish security forces arrested a man who hijacked a Mauritanian airliner that eventually landed at an airport in the Canary Islands.
Officials involved in the investigation told Efe during the hijacking a score of people were slightly injured when the airplane was evacuated.
They identified the hijacker as a Mauritanian and said he was carrying two pistols, one of which had a bullet in the chamber at the time of his arrest.
The man commandeered the Air Mauritanie flight after it took off from the country's capital, Nouakchott, bound for the northern port city of Noudhibou late on Thursday.
The Boeing 737 aircraft was carrying 71 passengers and a crew of eight.
The people who were injured suffered bruises and scrapes but there was no evidence that any of those injuries were in any way serious.
Authorities in the Canary Islands dispatched seven ambulances and about 20 doctors, nurses and technicians to the airport to attend to those who were injured.
The security forces are questioning - via an interpreter - the hijacker and are investigating whether anybody else was involved in the attack, after one passenger said that other people possibly could have been in on the plan.
Eyewitnesses said they had seen several people take off running across the airport's runways after exiting the plane.
The man was said to have tried to seek asylum in Paris.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news