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Published: Monday February 17, 2014 MYT 3:29:00 PM
Updated: Monday February 17, 2014 MYT 3:35:22 PM

Hijacked Ethiopian plane lands in Geneva

A photo taken with a portable telephone on Feb 17, 2014 in Geneva shows the Ethiopian Airlines flight en route to Rome which was on hijacked and forced to land in Geneva. - AFP

A photo taken with a portable telephone on Feb 17, 2014 in Geneva shows the Ethiopian Airlines flight en route to Rome which was on hijacked and forced to land in Geneva. - AFP

GENEVA (AFP) - An Ethiopian Airlines flight en route to Rome was on Monday hijacked and forced to land in Geneva, where the hijacker has been arrested, police said.

Flight ET-702 from Addis Ababa to Rome "was hijacked... it landed in Geneva at 6am (0500 GMT)," Geneva police spokesman Christophe Fortis told AFP, adding that the alleged hijacker "has been arrested."

"The airport has been closed and the situation is under control," he said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries and in a statement in Addis Ababa Ethiopian Airlines said "the passengers are safe and sound."

The Boeing 767 left Addis Ababa at 00:30am (2130 GMT Sunday) and was due to land in the Italian capital at 4.40am.

Tags / Keywords: Ethiopian Airlines, Rome, Geneva, flight ET-702, Addis Ababa

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