Report: Airliner Forced To Land After Possible Hijacking Attempt In Connection To Sochi

A woman poses for with the Olympic rings in Olympic Park as preparations continue for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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An airliner was forced to land in Turkey on Friday after the pilot signaled a possible hijacking attempt in connection to the Winter Olympics, Turkish media and CNN are reporting.

The would-be hijacker reportedly sought to divert plane to Sochi, Russia, where the 2014 Winter Olympic ceremony began on Friday morning.

The Pegasus Airlines flight, which departed from Kharkov, Ukraine, is currently being held in a “safe zone” at an airport in Istanbul, Turkey, according to CNN.

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Update: The Wall Street Journal reports the would-be hijacker was “heavily drunk”:

A representative for the SBU said in a statement that the passenger was “heavily drunk,” according to the Interfax news agency. “He tried to enter the pilot’s cabin, calling out, “Let’s fly to Sochi,” the representative said, according to Interfax.

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