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Hijackers Take Colombian Flight

February 20, 2002

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) _ Hijackers seized a Colombian domestic flight with several dozen people on board and forced it to land in a rural town, civil aviation officials said.

The operations chief of the Colombian Air Force, Gen. Gonzalo Morales, said the hijackers were members of the nation’s largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. But the civil aviation authority said it was still not confirmed who had diverted the plane.

The Dash-8 Turboprop belonging to Colombia’s Aires airlines had been on a flight from Neiva, the capital of Huila state, to the capital, Bogota, when it was hijacked Wednesday morning, said Martin Gonzalez, spokesman for the civil aviation authority. Morales said the plane may have had between 30 and 50 passengers aboard.

It was forced to land in the town of Obo, also in Huila state, he said.

Morales said government helicopters and warplanes were sent to the area.

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