Copilot hijacked Ethopian Airlines plane, wanted asylum -Feb17 2014

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    The co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines jet was arrested on Monday after forcing the Rome-bound aircraft to land in Geneva in a bid for asylum in Switzerland, authorities said.

    The co-pilot, identified by airport officials in Geneva only as an Ethiopian man born in 1983, shimmied down a rope suspended from the cockpit window before Swiss police took him into custody on the tarmac shortly after 6 a.m. local time. The airport reopened for departures two hours later.

    The pilot of the 767-300 had left the cockpit to use the lav, at which point the co-pilot locked the door and took control of the plane.

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