A potential hijacker threatened Turkish Airline staff on Wednesday whilst flying from Oslo airport to his home country of Turkey.
The hijacker, identified as Cumar Yasar, demanded that the plane returned to Norway – for reasons undefined.
The Turkish Dogan news agency revealed that Yasar tried to force his way into the cockpit of plane saying “I have a bomb.”
Thankfully, the pilot proceeded to notify Istanbul’s Ataturk airport emergency services who provided safety measures to ensure all passengers were taken off the plane and the hijacker was arrested immediately.
It was revealed the man was in fact carrying a bomb, however it was found to be a fake.
Lelya Kilic was amongst 58 other passengers aboard flight T1754 from Oslo, she said “I was sitting at the front end of the plane and I heard voices at the back of the plane around 30 minutes before we landed.”
“I saw a fight between passengers and a man with a mask, carrying a device that looked like a radio handset.”
A few brave passengers rose in defence against the hijacker, and police revealed that a passenger had been sitting on top of the hijacker when they entered the plane.
Witness Salim Tahar told private Norwegian television network TV2 that the hijacker had put a mask on at the rear of the plane and threatened to blow up the plane in the air.
Tahar added “the man spoke Turkish and demanded the plane return to Oslo.
According to the witness, the man appeared to be holding an undefined object. The airline crew moved the other passengers to the front of the plane, while Cuma Yasar remained at the rear.
Thankfully, all passengers remained unharmed during the attempted hijacking.