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Ethiopian co-pilot hijacks plane

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Added On February 18, 2014

The co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines plane hijacked his own aircraft Monday by threatening to crash it and forcing a landing in Geneva where he planned to seek asylum.  
The co-pilot, on a flight from Addis Ababa to Rome, is said to have locked himself in the cockpit when the captain went to the bathroom.
 
A total of 202 passengers and crew were on board the Boeing 767 as the drama unfolded.
 
Some passengers say they did not realize they had been hijacked until the captain told them after landing. They assumed there had been a technical problem.
 
The co-pilot was swiftly arrested in Geneva after scaling down a rope out of the cockpit window.
 
The hijacker was later identified as 31-year-old Hailemedehin Abera Tagegn, who had been working for the airline for five years.
 
Prosecutors say the chances of his demands being met are slim.