Man Tries to Divert Plane to Sochi By Claiming Bomb on Board
ANKARA, Turkey - A representative of Turkey's Transportation Ministry says a passenger claiming there was a bomb on board tried to divert an Istanbul-bound plane to Sochi, Russia, where the Olympics are kicking off.
Habib Soluk, the Transport Ministry undersecretary, says the plane from Kharkov, Ukraine, to Istanbul, landed safely at Sabiha Gokcen airport where security forces are searching it.
Soluk says authorities are trying to convince the passenger to give himself up.
News reports say the plane was a Pegasus Airlines flight, but a spokeswoman for the airline declined to comment.