Geneva airport closed after alleged hijacked plane lands

2014-02-17 08:44
Geneva – An Ethiopian Airlines plane en route to Rome has landed in Geneva after reportedly being hijacked somewhere over Africa.  

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a spokesperson for the Federal Office of Civil Aviation confirmed Geneva airport had been closed.  

A ‘Squawk 7500’ hijack code coming from the Ehtiopian Airlines flight was apparently picked up by online flight watchers at about 06:30 South Africa time.  Flight ET702 from Addis Ababa landed in Geneva at about 07:15.

The airline posted the following statement on its website:

"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."

An Ethiopian Airlines flight between Addis Ababa and Nairobi was hijacked in 1996 by three Ethiopians. The plane crash-landed in the Indian Ocean when it ran out of fuel, killing 125 people, as well as the hijackers. 
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