AllahPundit is ALL OVER THIS STORY
. Everyone stop what you're doing
and report over to Hot Air to check out the details!!Randy from Right Winged
is reporting that the plane is down safely. Could this incident be over so quickly without incident? PTL if true!
Waiting to hear the inside story from those on the ground.
The plane is on the ground safely in Italy. It's been reported that the hijackers are ready to surrender, so hopefully this won't lead to an old-style PLO-like standoff on the runway. (h/t Randy)
Yeah, it's pretty much been confirmed (h/t MKHam) that the plane is down, the hijackers are almost
(oops, misread that) under the control of the authorities, and the passengers are all safe. According to news reports, the hijackers merely wanted to protest
the fact that the Pope is visiting Turkey
That was some scare! I'm glad it worked out as well as it did. I'll be posting wire photographs from this incident here, if/whenever they show up.Update 13:11 EST
: AllahPundit has an excellent question about this whole event:
Update: How did the hijackers pull this off? Did they claim to have a bomb? According to the pilot, they werenât armed and the passengers were in no danger.
Were the pilots in on it? Or did the hijackers claim
to be armed, leading the pilot to make the distinction, perhaps, that they weren't really
armed?Update 14:12 EST
: Photos are starting to come across the wires. We've got them here!Update 18:48 EST
: And in an unprecedented
surprise ending, we find that (a) there was only one
hijacker, and (b), he was a Christian
who did not want to serve in Turkey's muslim army. (h/t LGF
To quote Opie
, "Who saw that
Wow! That's some story!
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The early reports were mostly file photos. I won't include all of them here, but here's the first one I could find:
A map sent across the wires:
And now, we're being shown the exterior of the hijacked plane. All passengers, crew, and hijackers are still on board pending the completion of negotiations (though it's unclear what exactly they're negotiating, as the hijackers are reportedly
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