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Ukrainian foreign ministry confirms Ukrainian citizenship of suspected skyjacker in Turkey

February 08, 2014, 0:08 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, February 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s foreign ministry has confirmed that the man suspected on an attempt to skyjack a plane en route from Kharkov to Istanbul was a Ukrainian citizen.

“One of the passengers, a Ukrainian citizen, tried to force the crew to steer the plane to Russia’s Sochi,” the ministry said on its website late on Friday.

No one was hurt. According to the latest information, the man turned himself to the police.

Earlier on Friday, the Ukrainian Security Service said that the man had been in a state of alcoholic intoxication.

“The man was drunk and tried to get into the flight deck. The crew calmed him down and the jet continued its flight and landed in Istanbul in the routine mode. The man was turned to the local police,” the press service said.

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