Police evacuate passengers from the Ethiopian Airlines flight en route to Rome, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.(AFP/Richard Juilliart
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A co-pilot who hijacked an Ethiopian Airlines flight to seek asylum in Switzerland on Monday surrendered to police at Geneva airport after jumping out of a cockpit window and scrambling down an emergency rope.The airliner's second-in-command, named by Ethiopia as Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn, 31, took control of the plane when the pilot left the cockpit to use the toilet. The airliner could later be seen with a knotted yellow rope dangling from an open cockpit window.It landed at Geneva at 6:02 a.m. (0502 GMT).He said the co-pilot, an Ethiopian born in 1983, locked the flight deck door when the pilot went to the toilet. Robert Deillon, CEO of Geneva airport, said air traffic controllers learnt the plane had been hijacked when the co-pilot keyed a distress code into the aircraft's transponder,
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