08/09/1998 08:32:32 MOSCOW, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Russian airplane hijacked in Moscow-Interfax
MOSCOW, Aug 9 (Reuters) - An unidentified man hijacked a
Russian aircraft with 97 passengers on board at Moscow's
domestic Domodedovo airport on Sunday, Interfax news agency
Interfax said the TU-154 plane had arrived from the Siberian
city of Ust-Ilimsk but did not say which airline it belonged to.
The agency said the hijacker was demanding money and to be taken
to an undisclosed destination.
The Emergencies Ministry press office spokeswoman contacted
by telephone later confirmed the incident saying it had started
at 10.50 a.m. (0650 GMT).
"The hijacker sent a message demanding cash and threatening
to blow up plane," she said. "It is not clear how serious the
"A Federeal Security Service officer is now on board
negotiating with the hijacker," she added.
There have been several hijacking attempts at Russian
airports in the past two years. Most have ended peacefully with
amateurish hijackers surrendering to police within hours.