Hijacked Turkish Plane Lands in Italy

A Turkish Airlines plane carrying 107 passengers from Tirana, Albania to Istanbul, Turkey, was hijacked Tuesday and landed at Italy’s Brindisi airport, a company spokesman said. The plane was hijacked in Greek airspace, said the spokesman, Ali Genc. Private Turkish television NTV, quoting unidentified security officials, says the plane hijacked to protest the Popes visit to Turkey.

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Update

From the Houston Chronicle

Turk surrenders after hijacking plane

BRINDISI, Italy — A Turkish man hijacked a jetliner carrying 113 people from Albania to Istanbul on Tuesday and forced it to land in southern Italy, where he surrendered and released all the passengers unharmed, officials said.

Two senior Turkish officials said the hijacker was seeking political asylum.

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