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Quick-thinking pilot foils hijacker with the help of passengers

Quick-thinking pilot foils hijacker with the help of passengers

Old Feb 16th 2007, 3:17 am
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From Times Online

February 16, 2007

Quick-thinking pilot foils hijacker with the help of passengers

(Angel Medina G.)


The armed hijacker of an African aircraft was overpowered by passengers and
crew last night when the captain of the jet deliberately braked suddenly on
landing in the Canary Islands.

Ahmedou Mohamed Lemine, a 20-year veteran of Air Mauritania, realised during
his conversations with the 31-year-old hijacker, who was seeking asylum in
France, that his assailant did not speak French and that, on the moment of
landing, he would be only person not wearing a seatbelt.

So in the minutes before touching down at Gand� Airport, on Gran Canaria,
Captain Lemine briefed his mainly-French speaking passengers and crew over
the public address system that he would slam on the brakes as soon as he
landed and then quickly accelerate, hoping to knock the man, who had two
automatic pistols, off his feet.

The plan worked and, according to Spanish officials today, the hijacker,
named as Mohamed Abderraman, tumbled over and dropped one of his guns
before six men, including a Mauritanian mayor, stormed the pilot's cabin
and threw a pot of boiling water on his groin and chest.

The Spanish Interior Ministry said today that the Air Mauritania Boeing 737
took off from the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, yesterday evening
carrying 71 passengers and a crew of eight. As the aircraft started to
descend for a scheduled stop in Nouadhibou in the north of the country, the
hijacker rose from his seat in the fifth row and demanded that the jet
change course for Paris.

When he was told that the aircraft did not have the fuel to reach France,
the hijacker asked the captain to land in the city of Djala in the
Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara -- it remains unclear whether the man is
Mauritanian or from the disputed territory -- but the Moroccan authorities
refused permission.

It was as the aircraft continued to its original destination that Captain
Lemine and his crew began to form their plan. Speaking in French, which is
commonly spoken in Mauritania, he asked women and children to move to the
back of the jet and for a group of men to ready for the unsettled landing. A
flight attendant boiled a kettle.

After the landing, 20 passengers and the hijacker were taken to hospital
for minor injuries. Two passengers were also slightly scalded by the
boiling water thrown on the assailant, according to the Spanish newspaper,
El Pais.

Passengers and authorities described their fear that the hijacker, who was
not thought to be affiliated to any extremist group, was a terrorist. His
hijacking coincided with the first day of the trial in Spain of 29 people
accused of organising the 2004 Madrid train bombings.

�We were afraid. We thought it was people from al-Qaeda or the Algerian
GSPC who were going to cut our throats,� Aicha Mint Sidi, a 45-year-old
woman who was on the plane told the Associated Press, referring to the an
extremist Islamist group.

�I trembled during and after the hijacking. I thought the plane was going
to blow up any minute, either in mid-air or on landing,� said another
passenger, Dahi Ould Ali, 52.
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Old Feb 16th 2007, 6:43 am
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"Earl Evleth" <[email protected]> a écrit dans le message de news:
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> From Times Online
>
> February 16, 2007
>
> Quick-thinking pilot foils hijacker with the help of passengers
>
> (Angel Medina G.)
>
>
> The armed hijacker of an African aircraft was overpowered by passengers
> and
> crew last night when the captain of the jet deliberately braked suddenly
> on
> landing in the Canary Islands.
>
> Ahmedou Mohamed Lemine, a 20-year veteran of Air Mauritania, realised
> during
> his conversations with the 31-year-old hijacker, who was seeking asylum in
> France, that his assailant did not speak French and that, on the moment of
> landing, he would be only person not wearing a seatbelt.
>
> So in the minutes before touching down at Gandó Airport, on Gran Canaria,
> Captain Lemine briefed his mainly-French speaking passengers and crew over
> the public address system that he would slam on the brakes as soon as he
> landed and then quickly accelerate, hoping to knock the man, who had two
> automatic pistols, off his feet.
>
> The plan worked and, according to Spanish officials today, the hijacker,
> named as Mohamed Abderraman, tumbled over and dropped one of his guns
> before six men, including a Mauritanian mayor, stormed the pilot's cabin
> and threw a pot of boiling water on his groin and chest.
>
> The Spanish Interior Ministry said today that the Air Mauritania Boeing
> 737
> took off from the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, yesterday evening
> carrying 71 passengers and a crew of eight. As the aircraft started to
> descend for a scheduled stop in Nouadhibou in the north of the country,
> the
> hijacker rose from his seat in the fifth row and demanded that the jet
> change course for Paris.
>
> When he was told that the aircraft did not have the fuel to reach France,
> the hijacker asked the captain to land in the city of Djala in the
> Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara -- it remains unclear whether the man
> is
> Mauritanian or from the disputed territory -- but the Moroccan authorities
> refused permission.
>
> It was as the aircraft continued to its original destination that Captain
> Lemine and his crew began to form their plan. Speaking in French, which is
> commonly spoken in Mauritania, he asked women and children to move to the
> back of the jet and for a group of men to ready for the unsettled landing.
> A
> flight attendant boiled a kettle.
>
> After the landing, 20 passengers and the hijacker were taken to hospital
> for minor injuries. Two passengers were also slightly scalded by the
> boiling water thrown on the assailant, according to the Spanish
> newspaper,
> El Pais.
>
> Passengers and authorities described their fear that the hijacker, who was
> not thought to be affiliated to any extremist group, was a terrorist. His
> hijacking coincided with the first day of the trial in Spain of 29 people
> accused of organising the 2004 Madrid train bombings.
>
> ³We were afraid. We thought it was people from al-Qaeda or the Algerian
> GSPC who were going to cut our throats,² Aicha Mint Sidi, a 45-year-old
> woman who was on the plane told the Associated Press, referring to the an
> extremist Islamist group.
>
> ³I trembled during and after the hijacking. I thought the plane was going
> to blow up any minute, either in mid-air or on landing,² said another
> passenger, Dahi Ould Ali, 52.
> Have your say
>
 

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