Ethiopian Plane Allegedly Hijacked by Co-Pilot

The plane's 30-year-old co-pilot allegedly took control after locking the pilot out of the cockpit.
3:00 | 02/17/14

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Right now, the breaking new details on the attempted hijacking overnight. Terry Moran is in London with the latest. Good morning, terry. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Panic in the overnight in the skies. The ethiopian copilot of ethiopian airlines flight 702 is being questioned. He is the man who seized control of the plane in a bid for asylum. An aircraft from ethiopian airlines wanted to land in general Nev Geneva, first for fuel. Reporter: It started around 12:30 A.M. Local Monday time. The plane's transponder started squawking 7500. The worldwide distress code for a flight that is being hijacked. The alleged hijacker, it turns out, the plane's copilot. An ethiopian man in the early 30s. He took control of the plane when the pilot was this the bathroom and locked himself in the cockpit. Telling air traffic control he wanted asylasylum. You can' the plane. It circled back and forth. The copilot unawe proved for landing. He tells the controllers that the plane is running out of fuel with over 200 people on board. Fuel remaining now is 20 minutes. Reporter: Around 6:00 A.M. Geneva time, the plane lands safely. Passengers seen exiting the plane. The copilot opening through this open cockpit window, possibly down the rope seen in the picture. That's when police arrested him. They said he demanded asylum because he felt threatened in his home country. He could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty of the hijacking. Officials and air defense systems throughout Europe on high alert. The passengers were unaware they were being hijacked at all. Questions abound. If what the copilot wanted was asylum, why hijack the plane when he could have gotten off in plane in roam and asked for it in Italy? Good question. Terry, thank you.

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