FEBRUARY 17, 2014
Circling the runway … An Ehtiopian Airlines plane has reportedly been hijacked while en route to Rome. File Picture (AP Photo/Sang Tan) Source: AP
AN Ethiopian Airlines flight bound for Rome has reportedly been hijacked and has now landed in Geneva after circling the air above the Swiss city.
Ethiopian Airlines flight 702 departed from Addis Ababa at 12:30 AM, and was supposed to land in Rome at 4:40 AM (local time).
As the plane was flying over Sudan it reportedly began broadcasting a 7500 alert call — which is airline code for a hijacking according to airlinereporter.com.
Images from the FlightRadar website showed the plane circling around Geneva, Switzerland, where it was reportedly low on fuel.
The plan has now landed, but is being kept well away from the terminal and other aircraft.
More to come …
No landing permission … the flight path of flight ETH702, now circling above Geneva, Switzerland. Picture: FlightRadarSource: Supplied
- The aircraft now has 20 minutes of fuel remaining (8:45pm PST) via LiveATC.net
- Reports of one engine potentially flaming out (unconfirmed via LiveATC)
- Reports of the aircraft being directed to make an approach but not landing until a response is given regarding the word “asylum” (via LiveATC)
- Fuel warning has been received on the flight deck (Via LiveATC)
- Aircraft apparently cleared for an ILS approach. What could be a hostage negotiator has been heard on the radio (Via LiveATC)
- Response to the request will be given by Swiss Authorities on Short Final for landing on Runway 05 (via LiveATC)
- AIRCRAFT HAS LANDED SAFELY (Via FlightRadar24 and LiveATC)
- Pilots heard on radio stating they will be exiting via the aircraft flight deck window. (via LiveATC)
- Airport/Airspace around Geneva is now closed (via LiveATC)
- Geneva airport remains closed (updated at 10:01PST)
- Unconfirmed reports the aircraft is parked at the end of Runway 05.
- Asylum request still pending. (9:33PST)
- International arrivals into Geneva are diverting to other airports (via FlightRadar 24)
- “We will disembark our passengers within the next 5 minutes and we will call you back.” Heard over LiveATC. (10:13pm PST)
- Back in 1996 an Ethiopian 767 had to ditch in the water due to hi-jackers and lack of fuel. Fight 961