Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Two Turks hijack plane to protest pope's visit

Two Turkish hijackers forced a plane flying from Albania to Turkey to land in the southern Italian city of Brindisi to protest Pope Benedict XVI's planned visit to Turkey next month.

The hijackers are apparently unharmed and have agree to give themselves up.

A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-400 is seen in this undated file photo released by the Turkish Airlines. A Turkish Airlines plane carrying more than 100 passengers from Tirana, Albania, to Istanbul, was hijacked Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, and landed at Italy's Brindisi airport. The plane was hijacked in Greek air space, News reports said the plane was a Boeing 737-400. (AP Photo/Turkish Airlines, HO)
A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-400 is seen in this undated file photo released by the Turkish Airlines. A Turkish Airlines plane carrying more than 100 passengers from Tirana, Albania, to Istanbul, was hijacked Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, and landed at Italy's Brindisi airport. The plane was hijacked in Greek air space, News reports said the plane was a Boeing 737-400. (AP Photo/Turkish Airlines, HO)

They had managed to force their way into the pilot's cabin according to a report by CNN-Turk television.

Vatican sources said the Turkey visit will go on as scheduled.


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