Passenger Tries to Hijack Gulf Air Flight from Bangkok to Abu Dhabi
A Gulf Air plane on a flight from Bangkok landed at its destination of Abu Dhabi Saturday after a foiled hijack attempt, the company said in a statement, adding that the passengers were unharmed, reported the Gulf News.
The crew, said the statement were able to foil the hijack attempt.
They tied the man up with restrain straps, said the paper adding that the plane, an Airbus A340, landed safely.
The man was taken into custody by airport security personnel.
The passenger, an Iraqi national, threatened to hijack the aircraft with a knife in his hand, said the airline.
Gulf Air said none of the 202 passengers were injured in the hijack attempt which happened at 16.30GMT, three hours before the scheduled landing at Abu Dhabi.
An AFP report said that two members of the crew had been injured during the incident.
The Gulf Air statement said the plane, GF 153, carried 14 crew, and had stopped over in Bangkok. The aircraft had not diverted its course during the incident, said the paper.
The management of Gulf Air was in constant contact with the captain, a Bahraini national, and the co-pilot, an Omani national, while the necessary measures were coordinated with the concerned security authorities at Abu Dhabi international airport, the statement continued.
Gulf Air made all the necessary arrangements to ensure the comfort and convenience of all passengers on board the aircraft to their final destinations, added the statement.
Sources in Bahrain said several Bahrain-bound passengers were aboard the plane.
Gulf Air, based in Manama, belongs in equal parts to the governments of Bahrain, Oman and Qatar and the emirate of Abu Dhabi -- Albawaba.com