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Reports: Plane lands safely after Sochi threat

  • The Sports Network
  • Published Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.

Istanbul, Turkey (SportsNetwork.com) - A plane landed safely at an airport in Turkey on Friday after a passenger on board allegedly issued a bomb threat and tried to have the aircraft redirected to Sochi, Russia, according to reports.

News of the attempted hijacking came during the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Turkey scrambled an F-16 fighter jet to force the plane to land after pilots sent a signal that it was being hijacked.

A Turkish transportation official described the alleged attempted hijacker as a "citizen of Ukraine," according to the paper.

The flight from Kharkov, Ukraine, and landed at its intended destination at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport, the paper reported.

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