Ethiopian Airlines Jet Hijacked By Co-Pilot: Geneva Airport Boss

Source: Jason Cumming / NBC News

Rome-bound passenger jet was “forced to proceed” to Geneva early Monday when its co-pilot took control of the aircraft while the pilot was in the bathroom, an official said.

Geneva airport chief executive Robert Deillon told reporters that the co-pilot — an Ethiopian who wanted to seek asylum in Switzerland — locked himself in the cockpit after taking control.

The co-pilot then left the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 through a window on a rope.

Geneva police spokesman Eric Grandjean said that when the co-pilot approached officers on the ground he “announced that he was himself the hijacker.”

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