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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bosnian Hijacks Plane Over Norway

GARDERMOEN AIRPORT, Norway -- At least one armed Bosnian hijacked an SAS passenger airliner Thursday and demanded that aid supply lines be opened to Moslem areas in former Yugoslavia.


The hijacker, in a police recording aired by Norwegian radio, threatened in broken English to kill passengers if police tried to storm the plane. He demanded to talk with Bosnian officials.


"We want to open humanitarian corridors on the ground ... (so) that food, electricity and water and all necessary things come into places that are under blockade," he said. "It is the third winter. It is very cold."


Police said there were at least 77 people aboard. Initially, there were 123 passengers and six crew, but the rest were let off in the arctic city of Bodo where the plane had landed briefly earlier.


From Bodo, the plane flew south and landed outside the capital Oslo at Gardermoen Airport just before 17:30 P.M. Thursday evening.


The airport was quickly evacuated and closed to other traffic. Police began negotiations trying to end the standoff.


In the tape recording, the hijacker claimed he was not alone and warned authorities he would kill passengers.


"Please take all necessary steps to get this over. What I want ... you must believe me about these things, about bombing, about airplane about everything if you don't want to take responsibility for the innocent people," the hijacker said.


The MD-80 aircraft, Scandinavian Airlines System Flight No. 347, had been hijacked on its way from Bardufoss in the far north to Bodo.


A passenger, Gunhild Berglund, said she saw just one hijacker force his way into the cockpit about 15 minutes after the plane left Bardufoss.


Then, "the captain told us over the loudspeaker system that he had a Bosnian in the cockpit. He also said that women, children and men under 18 and above 60 years of age would be allowed to leave the plane," Berglund told Norwegian television.


The passengers departed at Bodo without incident.


Bodo police chief Bjorn Hareide said his officers had surrounded the plane, but decided to let it take off for the safety of the remaining passengers.


"It was a situation that I saw as threatening," Hareide said.