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Hijacking Attempt Foiled in Israel

November 17, 2002

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JERUSALEM (AP) _ Security guards on Israel’s national carrier El Al overpowered a man who tried to take hostage a cabin attendant on a flight from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, Israeli radio stations reported.

The reports said that none of the 170 passengers on board were harmed and the plane landed safely in Istanbul.

An official at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport confirmed that El Al flight 581 sent out a hijacking signal as it approached Istanbul but the suspect was overcome.

``No one was injured,″ Oktay Cakirlar said.``The terrorist is in custody at the police staion at the airport.″

Turkey’s private CNN-Turk and NTV televisions quoting police sources said the hijacker was an Israeli Arab and was armed with a knife.

The televisions said the man was overpowered by two Israeli security guards aboard the plane.

He reportedly first threatened a flight attendant with a knife and tried to approach the cockpit but he was then overpowered by two security guards, one posing as a passenger, CNN-Turk television said.

The man was currently being interrogated by police at Istanbul airport, the reports said.

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