Russian authorities have detained a drunken man who boarded a commercial flight in the Siberian city of Surgut bound for Moscow. The man allegedly threatened passengers and crew, claiming he was armed, according to the Associated Press.
According to Flight Radar, which cited an unconfirmed report from Russian state media outlet RT, the man demanded the Aeroflot plane be diverted to Afghanistan. Though the plane was diverted shortly after takeoff, it landed nowhere near the Middle East: The aircraft reportedly landed safely in the Russian city of Khanty-Mansiysk, about 145 miles west of where it departed. Flight Radar noted the flight was suffering from “radio failure.”
Aeroflot flight #SU1515 from Surgut to Moscow is diverting to Khanty-Mansiysk with squawk 7600 (radio failure).
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) January 22, 2019
The plane reportedly stalled on the runway in Khanty-Mansiysk for about an hour after landing, with authorities clearing the airport. Aeroflot noted that nobody was hurt in the incident, and confirmed that passengers are due to be transported back to Moscow in a reserve aircraft:
Passengers on flight SU1515 to be brought to Moscow on reserve aircraft following emergency landing in Khanty-Mansiysk https://t.co/ogzuf2Ov4R
— Aeroflot_World (@Aeroflot_World) January 22, 2019
The alleged drunken hijacker has previously been convicted of property damage and now faces a hijacking charge, per the Associated Press.
Originally posted on Popular Mechanics