Police evacuate passengers on February 17, 2014 from the Ethiopian Airlines flight en route to Rome, which was hijacked and forced to land in Geneva, where the hijacker has been arrested, police said. AFP PHOTO / Richard Juilliart
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Locking the pilot out of the cockpit, an Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot hijacked a plane bound for Italy Monday and diverted it to Geneva, where he asked for asylum, officials said.One passenger said the hijacker threatened to crash the plane if the pilot didn't stop pounding on the locked door. Another said passengers were terrified "for hours" as the plane careened across the sky.The plane, which was supposed to go to Milan first, landed in Geneva at about 6 a.m. (0500 GMT).Geneva police said the co-pilot claimed he felt threatened in Ethiopia."At this point, a message was transmitted by the loudspeakers in poor English, but the threat to crash the airplane was clearly understood," he added.Oxygen masks then came down, he said, making everyone on the plane very tense.Redwan said that the plane was carrying 200 people, including seven crew members.
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