Ethiopian Flight 702 En Route to Rome Hijacked by Co-Pilot, Requests Asylum in Geneva

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737

Ethiopian Airlines (Boeing 737 shown)

An Ethiopian Airlines flight originally bound for Rome was hijacked by the plane’s co-pilot and landed in Geneva after circling the air above the Swiss capital Monday morning.

(More on the Co-Pilot Hijacking HERE)

The incident ended with the hijacker being arrested by Swiss authorites (see below).

Ethiopian Airlines flight 702 departed from Addis Ababa at 12:30 AM, and was supposed to land in Rome at 4:40 AM (local time).

As the plane was flying over Sudan it reportedly began broadcasting a 7500 alert call — which is airline code for a hijacking according to airlinereporter.com.

Information from Flightaware.com shows the flight circled around Geneva, Switzerland, where it was reportedly low on fuel.

Matthew Keys, who is a former social editor with Reuters, has tweeted:

‘Pilots aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 702 “jumped from aircraft’s window” upon landing at Geneva airport.’


UPDATE:

Ethiopian Airlines Has Issued the Following Press Release:

Ethiopian Airlines flight 702 on scheduled service departing from Addis Ababa at 00:30 (local time) scheduled to arrive in Rome at 04:40 (local time) was forced to proceed to Geneva Airport. Accordingly, the flight has landed safely at Geneva Airport. All passengers and crew are safe at Geneva Airport.

Ethiopian Airlines is making immediate arrangements to fly its esteemed customers on-board the flight to their intended destinations.

The airline has not mentioned the hijacking at this time.


UPDATE 2:

Swiss law enforcement reportedly negotiating with an individual aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 702. Ethiopian Airlines has removed their press release indicating all passengers are safe.


UPDATE 3:

CNN reports that the situation aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 702 has ended. The hijacker has been arrested by Swiss law enforcement.

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