Pegasus “Sochi Olympics” Hijack Attempt

Friday, February 7, 2014
By George Hatcher


On Feb 7 2014, on a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-86J en route from Kharkov to Istanbul, the 45-year-old passenger seated in “2F” hollered “BOMB!” threatened there was a bomb in the baggage compartment and wanted to hijack the plane to go to the Sochi Olympics. His attempt to enter the cockpit was foiled. When pilots entered Turkish airspace, they informed authorities.

An F-16 Turkish military fighter jet was called to provide an escort.

The flight landed in Istanbul (on the Asian side of the airport where Pegasus has its hub) where the Ukrainian man was taken into custody.

There was no bomb. None of the 110 passengers were hurt.

The passenger was just intoxicated.

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