Co-pilot hijacks Ethiopian Airlines plane to Geneva to seek asylum
GENEVA (AFP) - The co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines flight hijacked his aircraft on Monday while the captain was in the bathroom and forced it to land in Geneva so that he could seek asylum, police said.
The man was arrested after scaling out of the cockpit window on a rope, according to Geneva police spokesman Eric Grandjean.
The co-pilot said he seized his chance to take over flight ET-702 from Addis Ababa to Rome by locking himself in the cockpit when the pilot went to the bathroom, Mr Grandjean told AFP.
Identified as an Ethiopian citizen born in 1983, the man told police “he felt threatened in his country and wants to seek asylum in Switzerland,” he added.