ALERT| HIJACKED AIRLINER LANDS IN MEXICO


A Boeing 737 carrying more than one-hundred passengers was hijacked by armed men after it took off from an airport in the Mexican resort of Cancun on Wednesday morning, according to local media reports. The aircraft landed safely in Mexico City.

The plane, Aeromexico flight 576, had taken off from Cancun Airport at 11.38 a.m. local time, according to flight records. It was originally scheduled for Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, where it was due to land at 1.50 p.m. local time. A total of 104 people were initially believed to be on board.

Most passengers were released after the plane touched down in Mexico City, where it was taken to an isolated part of the airport. Passengers were seen entering buses as they left the aircraft. Heavily armed security forces have surrounded the aircraft as the hijackers and the crew remain on board, according to reporters on scene.

The hijackers, three Bolivian men, are demanding to speak with Mexican President Calderon. They are carrying a package with tape and cables, which is said to be an explosive device. The government is currently in an emergency meeting, in what is being described as a national emergency.

SEPTEMBER 9 UPDATE :

A Boeing 737 carrying more than one-hundred passengers was hijacked by armed men after it took off from an airport in the Mexican resort of Cancun on Wednesday morning, according to local media reports. The aircraft later landed in Mexico City, where the passengers were released.

The plane, Aeromexico flight 576, had taken off from Cancun Airport at 11.38 a.m. local time, according to flight records. It was originally scheduled for Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, where it was due to land at 1.50 p.m. local time. A total of 104 people, including a child, were initially believed to be on board.

Most passengers were released after the plane touched down in Mexico City, where it was taken to an isolated part of the airport. Passengers were seen entering buses as they left the aircraft, others were released later and were seen on the airport runway. Some of the passengers were being attended by paramedics.

Heavily armed security forces boarded the plane after most of the passengers were released, and detained up to seven people. The crew was also seen leaving the aircraft.

The hijackers, initially said to be Bolivian men, were demanding to speak with Mexican President Calderon. They were reportedly carrying a package with tape and cables, which was said to be an explosive device. Transport Minister Molinar said they were not carrying explosives. According to El Sol de Mexico, the men were seeking political asylum.

The government was in an emergency meeting during the hijacking, in what was being described as a national emergency.

The army and federal police remain on scene. Black Hawk helicopters are also patrolling the area, but have not approached the plane.


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