Turkish plane lands after hijacking alert

Turkish plane landed at Istanbul after it`s pilot gave a hijacking signal

Turkish plane landed at Istanbul after it`s pilot gave a hijacking signal

ANKARA - A Pegasus pilot gave a signal that a potential hijacker was going to divert a plane to Sochi while en route from Russia to Istanbul.

Turkey`s Directorate General of Civil Aviation has also tweeted from its official Twitter account that the plane had been diverted to a safe zone, following a bomb threat onboard the plane.

The plane was taking off from the Russian province Kharkov and has landed safely at Istanbul`s Sabiha Gokcen Airport.

It is now being kept in a protected zone in the airport.

The suspected hijacker is said to be a Ukrainian passenger on the plane.

The Turkish air force scrambled fighter jets after a signal from the pilot.

Aproximately 110 passengers were onboard the plane.

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