View Full Version : Aeromexico jet carrying 104 hijacked in Mexico

09-09-2009, 03:37 PM
(CNN) -- A commercial airliner carrying 104 passengers has been hijacked on the tarmac at Mexico City's airport, CNN affiliate TV Azteca reported Wednesday.

Three abductors aboard the Boeing 737 Aeromexico jet have threatened to blow it up if their demand to speak to President Felipe Calderon is not met, the station said.

The incident began at 1:40 p.m. (2:40 p.m. ET), when the plane arrived from Cancun, it said.

09-09-2009, 05:06 PM
A plane hijacking in Mexico is over after special forces stormed the jet and arrested several suspects

The aircraft, reportedly with 104 people on board, was hijacked as it landed in the capital Mexico City from the resort of Cancun, officials said.

Up to five men were taken off the jet in handcuffs after it was stormed.

The alleged hijackers reportedly had explosives strapped to their legs and were demanding to talk to Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

They released all the passengers soon after the plane landed in Mexico City.

The passengers left with their hand luggage. They appeared calm and boarded nearby buses.

But the plane's crew were still being held hostage before special forces moved in and made the arrests.

Nobody was hurt and no shots were fired, it is understood.

Transportation and Communications Secretary Juan Molinar said all passengers and crew were safe.

But he would not say how many alleged hijackers were detained or give details of their motivation.

"Various people who participated in the act have been detained and we are investigating," he said.

He said there was no bomb on the airplane, although some passengers said one of the hijackers held a package that resembled an explosive device.

Aeromexico Flight 576 has been on the runway at the capital's international airport after the hijacking.

One of the passengers, Adriana Romero, told Mexican TV she had not realised the flight had been hijacked until the plane landed at Mexico City.

"We realised it was a hijack when we saw the police trucks," she said.

El Universal daily said the men had not been able to get inside the plane's cockpit.

09-09-2009, 05:47 PM
All those hours of storming airframes filled with dummies, that are expended all around the world each year shows a pay off.

09-09-2009, 11:31 PM
in the last pic,were those american sailors?,,the radio said this had to do with 9-9-09 date,but wouldn't say why