Major hijackings around the world
Hijackers took control of a Mexican plane on a runway in Mexico City on Wednesday, threatening to blow the passenger jet up unless they were given the chance to talk to the country's president, Felipe Calderon.
The afternoon hijacking ended peacefully soon after, with the arrests of several people. None of the 104 people on board the AeroMexico plane, which had departed from Cancun, was injured.
The incident came on the heels of several high-profile hijackings, and attempted hijackings, that have taken place since 2002. Here's a look at some of them:
- Nov. 17, 2002: Israeli security guards tackle a hijacker trying to take control of an El Al plane during a flight from Tel Aviv to Istanbul. A man tries to approach the cockpit, but two air marshals, including one posing as a passenger, pin him to the floor, witnesses say.
- Oct. 3, 2006: Turkish Airlines Flight 1476 is hijacked while flying to Turkey from Albania. The flight eventually lands in Italy, where the 107 passengers and six crew members are freed.
- Aug. 18, 2007: An Atlasjet airplane flying to Istanbul from Cyprus is hijacked by two men who want to fly to Iran. There were 136 passengers and six crew members on board. The two men give up in Antalya, Turkey.
- Jan. 25, 2007: A domestic Sudanese flight with 103 people on board lands in the Chadian capital of N'djamena. The hijacker gives himself up 20 minutes after the plane has landed.
- Feb. 15, 2007: Spanish paramilitary police arrest a suspect who hijacked a passenger plane carrying 79 people shortly after it took off from Mauritania. The hijacking ends as passengers and crew reportedly overpower the man shortly after the Boeing 737-800 lands in the Spanish Canary Islands.
- Dec. 28, 2007: A Russian Aeroflot jet lands in Prague after a passenger tells crew members he has an explosive device. The man, who did not have explosives, is pacified by other passengers.
- Aug. 27, 2008: Two men who hijacked a plane in Sudan and diverted it to Libya surrender after a daylong standoff with security officials, freeing the 95 passengers and crew.
- April 19, 2009: A gunman storms a Canadian CanJet plane carrying 159 passengers just before it was due to depart from a Montego Bay airport, bound for Cuba. The gunman releases the passengers within an hour, but holds six crew members in a standoff that lasts nearly eight hours. Jamaican troops ultimately storm the plane, and no major injuries are reported.