France: Person arrested in Sept. 11-style attack threat
PARIS (AP) — A young man flagged for Islamic radicalism is in French custody on preliminary terrorism charges after threatening a Sept. 11-style plane hijacking and attack, authorities said...
Parole denied again for inmate in 1976 school bus hijacking
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials again rejected parole Tuesday for the last of three men convicted of hijacking a school bus full of children for $5 million ransom more than four...
Lebanese man back home after mistaken for hijacker in Greece
BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese journalist returned home to Beirut on Wednesday after being mistakenly detained last week in Greece on suspicion of involvement in a 1985 TWA airline hijacking.
Egypt court sentences plane hijacker to life in prison
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced a man who hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight and ordered it to land in Cyprus to life in prison.
Greek police make arrest in 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police said Saturday they have arrested a suspect in the 1985 hijacking of a flight from Athens that became a multi-day ordeal and included the slaying of an...
Israeli, US militaries simulate ship hijacking amid tensions
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military said Tuesday it has conducted a joint exercise with U.S. Special Forces simulating the retaking of a hijacked ship.
Man dies after hijacking bus in Slovenia capital
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian police say a man has died upon being arrested after he hijacked a public bus in the capital Ljubljana.
Senior police official Stojan Belsak said Friday...
3 teen migrants charged in Malta in hijacking of ship at sea
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Three teenage migrants were charged in Malta Saturday with seizing control of a merchant ship and using force and intimidation against the crew, which is considered a...
Ship takeover by migrants raises concerns for rescues at sea
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A rescue in the Mediterranean Sea that took an ominous turn has raised concerns that some merchant ship captains might become reluctant to save migrants in danger of drowning...
Rescued migrants safe in Europe after hijacking oil tanker
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A group of migrants desperate not to go back to Libya made it safely to Europe on Thursday after commandeering the oil tanker that rescued them at sea — a drama that...
French pilot in 1976 Uganda hijacking dies at 95
PARIS (AP) — A French pilot who's remembered as a hero for his actions in the 1976 hijacking of an Air France plane to Uganda's Entebbe airport died Tuesday at the age of 95.
ATLANTA (AP) — A pilot left a handgun in the cockpit of a Delta Air Lines jet, where it was found by an airline ground worker.
Delta declined Friday to identify the pilot or say whether the...
Criminal case filed over Bangladesh hijacking attempt
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — More details about the attempted weekend hijacking of plane headed from Bangladesh's capital to Dubai emerged Tuesday after civil aviation authorities filed a criminal...
Bangladesh police identify suspect in failed plane hijacking
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A man who was killed while trying to hijack a commercial flight in Bangladesh was a 24-year-old passenger from a village near the capital who had been previously arrested...
Hijacking foiled on Bangladesh-Dubai flight, suspect killed
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A passenger flight made an emergency landing Sunday in Bangladesh after an armed man attempted to hijack the plane, and he was later killed in an exchange of gunfire with...
Montana authorities deciding on charges in bus hijacking
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities are deciding on charges against a 52-year-old Washington state man who they say hijacked a bus and forced a nearly 10-hour standoff with police.
Russian police detain drunken man who hijacked plane
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police detained a drunken man who threatened the crew of an passenger plane flying Tuesday from a Siberian city to Moscow, forcing it to land shortly after take-off.
The Russian Investigative Committee said that the man told the Aeroflot crew that he was armed and demanded the diversion of the plane after it had taken off from the Siberian city of Surgut. The plane landed in the city of Khanty-Mansiysk, about 230 kilometers (145 miles) to the west.
N Ireland police deal with hijackings after weekend car bomb
LONDON (AP) — Army bomb-disposal experts in Northern Ireland carried out a controlled explosion on a hijacked vehicle Monday amid heightened tensions in Londonderry following a weekend explosion outside a courthouse.
Police suspect Irish Republican Army dissidents were behind the explosion Saturday in the city — also known as Derry — that took place after attackers hijacked a pizza delivery vehicle. No one was injured in the blast, which shook the center of Northern Ireland's second-largest city.
Egypt says plane hijacker to face terror charges
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's chief prosecutor says a man who hijacked a plane and diverted it to Cyprus in 2016 will face trial on terror-related charges.
Seif Eddin Mustafa, 60, was extradited to Egypt in August after a drawn-out legal battle in Cyprus. Egyptian prosecutor Nabil Sadek says he will face trial on charges of hijacking a civilian plane and taking passengers hostage.
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss police say an Austrian family allegedly hijacked a taxi, crashed into a parked boat, drove through a hedge and then plunged off a 4-foot-high ledge before trying to escaping on foot.
St. Gallen police said the incident happened early Sunday in the northeastern Swiss town of Rorschach.
Oil tanker with 22 Indian crew missing off Benin’s coast
NEW DELHI (AP) — India has sought the help of the Nigerian and Benin navies to find an oil tanker that has gone missing with 22 Indian crew members off Benin's coast.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed late Sunday that the tanker, Marine Express, went missing in the Gulf of Guinea.
It's not known whether the ship was hijacked for ransom or to steal the nearly 13,500 tonnes (15,120 tons) of gasoline on board.
German commando who led mission that ended 1977 hijack dies
BERLIN (AP) — The commander of a German paramilitary unit that ended the 1977 hijacking of a plane by Palestinian militants has died.
Ulrich Wegener was the first commander of the GSG-9 unit, created in response to German security services' failure to prevent the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.
It gained international renowned with the storming of the Lufthansa jet 'Landshut' in Mogadishu, Somalia, without any loss of life among the 86 hostages or commandos.
Arkansas pilot recalls 1972 airplane hijacking
WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (AP) — Nov. 10, 1972, started like any other day for Walnut Ridge native and pilot Harold Johnson.
He woke up, made his daily drive to Memphis and from there co-piloted a plane with pilot William "Billy Bob" Haas to Birmingham, Alabama. The plane let some passengers off, took a few more on and departed the airport.
After reaching cruising altitude, Johnson heard a "scuffle" in the galley. He figured it was passengers and flight attendants engaging in horseplay.
Candidate shocked his jet hijacking attempt not bigger issue
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City mayoral candidate says he's "shocked" that so little attention has been paid to his arrest for trying to hijack an airliner at gunpoint 17 years ago.
In July 2000, Aaron Commey (KOH'-may) boarded a National Airlines plane in New York and ordered the pilots to fly to Argentina or Antarctica. It never took off and nobody was injured.
Dutch police study links of foiled hijacking, prison break
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police say a suspect was shot and killed when officers foiled an attempt to hijack a helicopter that may have been intended as a getaway vehicle in a prison break.
Police said in a statement that officers thwarted the helicopter hijacking after detectives learned that a man convicted of involvement in a gangland slaying might be planning to escape from a prison in Roermond.
German plane hijacked to Somalia in 1977 brought back home
BERLIN (AP) — A Lufthansa passenger jet that was hijacked to Somalia 40 years ago at the height of a far-left militant group's campaign against West German authorities has returned home.
The dpa news agency reported that the Boeing 737 arrived Saturday in the German city of Friedrichshafen, where it will be reassembled and displayed at the Dornier Museum.
Mexican students hijack tanker truck, buses and kidnap cops
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Radical students in southern Mexico hijacked a fuel tanker truck and two buses Wednesday and later kidnapped four police officers to demand the release of about 10 students arrested over the vehicle thefts.
The events marked the latest chapter of violence at a rural teachers college where 43 students were kidnapped in 2014 and remain missing.
BERLIN (AP) — A Lufthansa Boeing 737 hijacked to Somalia 40 years ago at the height of the leftist Red Army Faction's campaign against West German authorities is coming home to a German museum.
The Dornier Museum in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany said Thursday the plane is expected in September, the news agency dpa reported. The aircraft, which has been at Brazil's Fortaleza Airport for years, will be dismantled for transport.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A former U.S. Navy deep sea diver from northern Indiana who survived a 1985 airplane hijacking has died.
Palmer Funeral Homes confirmed 61-year-old Clinton Suggs died June 6 in his home in South Bend.
Suggs was one of dozens of passengers aboard TWA Flight 847 from Greece to Rome in 1985, which was hijacked by Islamic extremists. The plane was flown to Beirut, where passengers were held hostage and beaten for 17 days.
LINO LAKES, Minn. (AP) — An inmate being transported from a Minnesota state prison in St. Cloud to the prison in Lino Lakes hijacked a transport van full of other prisoners and escaped. By Friday evening, all nine inmates had been recaptured.
The incident happened about 11 a.m. Friday.
Minnesota's Department of Corrections said eight of the prisoners were apprehended a short time later, but one remained at-large until Friday afternoon, prompting a massive search.
Brief hijacking shows return of piracy to Somalia coast
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The brief hijacking of a Lebanese-registered ship has drawn attention to the resurgence of piracy off the coast of Somalia, after five years of inactivity.
Pirates boarded the OS 35, a cargo ship, Saturday evening but then abandoned it Sunday before naval forces rescued the ship, Mohamed Abdirahman, former director of Puntland's marine forces, told The Associated Press.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Police say Somali pirates have seized a fishing trawler owned by a local businessman and forced the mostly foreign crew to disembark.
Col. Mohamed Hassan told The Associated Press on Friday that the pirates used a small skiff to board the trawler off the village of Eyl in the northern semiautonomous state of Puntland.
Hassan says the pirates likely will use the trawler as a mother ship to carry out hijackings in international waters.
LONDON (AP) — British police in inflatable powerboats stormed a River Thames cruise boat Sunday as part of an exercise simulating the hijacking of a tourist vessel in London.
The Metropolitan Police force said Sunday's training exercise involving more than 200 officers was designed to test the emergency services' response to "a marauding terrorist attack."
Somali pirates release oil tanker and crew, officials say
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali pirates who seized a Comoros-flagged oil tanker earlier this week after five years without a major hijacking in the region have released the ship and its crew without conditions, officials said late Thursday.
Security official Ahmed Mohamed told The Associated Press the pirates disembarked the ship, which was heading to Bossaso port, the region's commercial hub, with its eight Sri Lankan crew members aboard.
Somalis consider piracy again, blaming illegal fishing trade
EYL, Somalia (AP) — Struggling to push his small fishing boat out to sea, Hassan Yasin grumbles over what he and other coastal Somalis call a threat to their way of life: harassment by illegal fishermen and attacks by large foreign trawlers.
7 Russian sailors, 1 Ukrainian kidnapped in Nigerian waters
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Seven Russian sailors and a Ukrainian have been kidnapped from a cargo ship in Nigerian waters, the Russian embassy in the West African nation said Wednesday.
The kidnappings come less than three months after three Russians were taken hostage off a ship in Nigerian waters and freed weeks later.
Malta plane hijacking ends peacefully; 2 Libyans surrender
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Two Libyan hijackers diverted a domestic flight to the Mediterranean island of Malta on Friday to demand asylum in Europe and create a new political party in honor of the late dictator Moammar Gadhafi, officials said. After hours of negotiations, the standoff ended peacefully with the hijackers freeing all 117 people on board and walking off the plane to surrender.
The Latest: Flights resume at Malta Airport after hijacking
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The Latest on the apparent hijacking of a Libyan plane that landed in Malta (all times local):
Malta International Airport says operations are returning to normal after a hijacked plane from Libya was diverted there earlier in the day.
Raw: Maltese Security Forces Enter Libyan Plane
Ex-airline manager tied to 9/11 sentenced in child-sex case
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former American Airlines operations manager who learned of the first Sept. 11 hijacking before the jet struck the World Trade Center has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for trying to have sex with a child during a business trip to Pittsburgh last year.
Ray Howland, 57, of Arlington, Texas, pleaded guilty in June. His attorney, Frank Walker II, and prosecutors agreed in advance to the sentence imposed Wednesday by a federal judge in Pittsburgh.
Police: Man crashes vehicle, hijacks motorcycle in chase
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise police say a man has been arrested after crashing a vehicle, hijacking a motorcycle and involving officers in a high-speed chase.
The Idaho Statesman (http://bit.ly/2de5plE ) reports that 39-year-old James Michael Cox has been arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident, eluding police, grand theft and burglary.
Serbia, Bosnian Serbs hold joint anti-terrorism drill
TRBUSNICA, Serbia (AP) — Police from Serbia and the Serb mini-state in Bosnia have held a joint anti-terrorism drill that could add to simmering tensions in the Balkans stemming from the 1990s war.
The exercise, dubbed "Drina 2016," was held Sunday at the border between Serbia and Bosnia simulating an extremist attack and a bus hijacking. Several thousand people watched the drill.
Throwback Thursday: Ogden man believes former WSU professor was D.B. Cooper
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