While en route to Istanbul, Turkey, an unidentified Ukranian man attempted to reroute the plan to Sochi, Russia where the 2014 Winter Olympics are taking place. Mid-flight, the hijacker claimed to have a bomb and demanded that the pilots of the plane change the original route from Istanbul to Sochi. Instead of following the hijacker’s instructions, the pilots landed the plane in Istanbul still. There, the plane sat in on the tarmac for hours while the hijacker refused to give up.
Eventually, the authorities there were able to board the plane, and subdue the hijacker while only inflicting minor injuries. With tensions in Sochi high already, many question the reality of how prepared Russia is to deal with all the potential defense issues.
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