An Ethiopian Airlines aircraft flying from Addis Ababa to Rome was hijacked by the co-pilot and taken to Geneva according to Swiss police.

Flight Hijacking Events on ET-702

The hijacker, who was arrested in Geneva whilst claiming asylum, waited for the pilot to go to the toilet and then locked himself in the cockpit as the aircraft flew over Sudan.

Flight Hijacked by Co-Pilot
ET-AMF the Boeing 767-300 hijacked today. Image © Stephen Morris

ETH702 Flight Journey

Flight ET702 (callsign ETH702) departed Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at 00:30 local time, and was scheduled to arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (FCO) at 04:40 local time. Instead, the Boeing 767-300 aircraft, registration number ET-AMF, landed at Geneva International Airport (GVA) at 06:00 local time.

Passengers came out of the aircraft at about 08:00 local time surrounded by dozens of police according to the Tribune de Geneve.

Ethiopian Airlines Statement

In a statement, Ethiopian Airlines said that “the flight has landed safely at Geneva airport. All passengers and crew are safe at Geneva airport” it added that the 200 passengers and crew on board the plane were in good health.

Geneva airport was closed following the incident but has now reopened.

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