AP1101050107405A large, brave passenger on a Turkish Airlines flight overpowered a would-be hijacker by sitting on him, passengers and authorities said.
According to passenger accounts in the media, the attempted hijacking began shortly before the Boeing 737 plane was going to land in Istanbul on Wednesday. The masked suspect, later identified in news reports as 40-year-old Yasar Cuma or Cuma Yasar, claimed to be holding a bomb (later found to be fake) and tried to break into the cockpit, demanding that the plane return to its originating point in Oslo, Norway.
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Two passengers, identified as Firat Faysal Ali and Dag Gjerstad by a Turkish news wire, subdued him before he could get into the cockpit.
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