MOSCOW (Reuters) ― A drunk Russian man who unsuccessfully tried to hijack an Aeroflot passenger flight was detained by police on Tuesday after the aircraft made an emergency touchdown in Siberia, Russian investigators mentioned.
The passenger, who claimed he was armed, tried to interrupt into the cockpit throughout the flight from the Siberian metropolis of Surgut to Moscow and demanded that Aeroflot flight SU 1515 change course and fly to Afghanistan, Russian information businesses reported.
It later turned out he was bluffing and was not armed.
State tv channel Rossiya-24 confirmed footage of masked safety officers seizing the person on board the aircraft and main him out along with his fingers behind his again.
“The passengers and crew members on board the plane disembarked safely and with out harm,” Aeroflot mentioned in an announcement.
Drunken incidents involving passengers on industrial flights in Russia are pretty frequent, although it’s uncommon for them to end in flights being diverted.
Russia’s Investigative Committee mentioned it had opened a legal investigation into the person who faces potential prices of hijacking a aircraft whereas threatening to make use of violence.
The crime carries a jail sentence of between seven and 12 years.
(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Andrew Osborn; writing by Tom Balmforth; modifying by Andrew Osborn)