2014 Winter Olympics: Attempted Air Plane Hijack to Sochi Thwarted

By Andrew Fisher
2014 Winter Olympics
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 Winter Olympics are underway. But the thing on the back of everyone’s mind is the potential for terrorist activity. Sochi has been the butt of constant jokes thus far by those who have traveled to the Olympics, but the possibility of a terrorist attack is no joking matter.

It appears that those in attendance at the Olympics may have dodged a big bullet. A plane carrying 110 passengers was traveling from Ukraine, but it was forced to land in Istanbul after an attempted hijacking. The Turkish media is reporting that a man attempted to hijack the plane and then divert it to Sochi via a bomb threat.

“A Pegasus Airlines plane flying from Kharkov to Sabiha Gokcen landed at Sabiha Gokcen safely after receiving a bomb threat while in the air,” said the Turkish civil aviation authority via a statement. Habib Soluk, an official from Turkey’s transport ministry also added, “We are sure that he didn’t enter the cockpit. We know that the aircraft was hijacked before it entered Turkish airspace.”

The man was believed to be under the influence of alcohol and he’s since been hauled off the jail. Hopefully, for a long time.

This is an alarming story to say the least. Our worst fears for these Olympics were almost realized. It appears on the surface that this attempted hijacking was just the work of one moron and not some coordinated terrorist attack. We can only hope that the rest of the games go off without a hitch.


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