Ethiopian Airlines Says Hijacked Plane Has Landed in Geneva

Feb 17, 2014 1:30 am ET

Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) -- An Ethiopian Airlines flight that was hijacked landed in Geneva’s Cointrin Airport, the airline said.

Ethiopian flight ET702 to Rome from Addis Ababa was “forced to proceed” to Geneva, the airline said in a statement on its website. All passengers and crew are safe, it said. Ethiopian is making arrangements to fly all passengers to destination, it added.

A flight “unexpectedly” landed at Geneva airport today, Geneva airport spokesman Bertrand Staempfli said in a telephone interview. He said an intervention was taking place, and wouldn’t elaborate further. A press conference will be held later in the day, he said.

“We know that the airplane was hijacked,’ Urs Holderegger, a spokesperson of the Swiss aviation office, said in a phone interview today. Holderegger couldn’t confirm whether Geneva airport was closed this morning. ‘‘As of now we don’t have a lot of secured information.”

The Swiss aviation office has a crisis management group to work on the issue, he said.

--With assistance from Jan-Henrik Forster in Zurich. Editors: Vipin V. Nair, Ravil Shirodkar