Turkish Airlines Flight No. TK1754 landed safely tonight after passengers fought to subdue and stablize a would-be hijacker on board. The suspect, a Turkish citizen, attempted to force entry into the cockpit, yelling, "I have a bomb."
The plane was enroute to Istanbul, Turkey from Oslo, Norway. There were 60 passengers, including 7 crew members on the flight. No one was injured in the chaos that erupted after Cuma Yasar, 40, donned a ski mask and began shouting threats, including a demand that the aircraft return to Norway.
Passenger Lelya Kilic said,
"I saw a fight between passengers and a man with a mask, carrying a device that looked like a radio handset."
It is reported that two passengers fought with Yasar and managed to keep him under control with the help of crew members until the plane landed at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul at 9:30 p.m. tonight. One of the passengers sat on the suspect to restrain him until police arrived. He was immediately arrested upon the plane's arrival in Turkey.
There were no explosives on the aircraft.