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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Would-Be Hijacker Sent to Psychiatric Ward

An air traveler was convicted Thursday and sentenced to a psychiatric hospital for threatening to blow up a Moscow-bound flight if it was not rerouted to Austria.

The Moscow City Court convicted Oleg Vasyanovich, 33, of attempted hijacking and making a false terrorist threat in the Oct. 24 incident aboard a Sky Express flight, Interfax reported.

The court ruled to place Vasyanovich in psychiatric care -- the second time he has been institutionalized -- saying he "suffers from schizophrenia and paranoia and is a danger to both himself and others," Interfax reported.

He is also incapable of understanding the nature of his actions, the court said.

The Boeing 737 was roughly seven minutes into a flight from Sochi when Vasyanovich passed a note to a flight attendant stating that he would blow up the plane unless it was rerouted to Vienna. The flight attendants managed to overpower Vasyanovich, and the jet liner landed safely at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow, where he was immediately arrested.

Vasyanovich, who had been in a psychiatric hospital since 2002 for killing his mother, had been released earlier on the same day of the incident, Interfax cited the Federal Security Service as saying.

His lawyers have 10 days to appeal the verdict.