WN 2/17: Horrifying Ordeal for Passengers on Board Hijacked Plane

Ethiopian Flight 702 was bound for Rome when co-pilot hijacked the plane after the pilot left the cockpit.
3:00 | 02/17/14

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Transcript for WN 2/17: Horrifying Ordeal for Passengers on Board Hijacked Plane
As new details and new video are streaming in, capturing 90 minutes of terror aboard a passenger plane. Some 200 pains hijacked by their copilot who was locked inside the cockpit. Tonight we're talking to the ainges flying from Ethiopia to Rome. 11 were Americans, and ABC's correspondent terry Moran walks us threw the new video coming in right now. Reporter: Cell phone video shows how this happened, police taking over. This is a police operation. Reporter: Their hands over their heads they get off the plane under guard in Geneva. It began in the middle of the night when they left Ethiopia's capital at 12:30 A.M. Bound for Rome. A 737 with crew members aboard. All was quiet until the captain went to the bathroom about an hour before landing and the copilot locked the bathroom door and took over the plane. Within minutes the passengers were jolted awake as the plane began to careen. The copilot came over the loud speaker and threatened to scare the airplane. Another passenger said oxygen masks fell os the plane seemed like it was falling from the sky. The flight taken over by a trusted insider. What we do in the united States is when a pilot goes out to use the facilities, one of the flight attendants steps in. It's a no lone zone. Apparently they're not following that. Reporter: The copilot. Hailemedhin abera flew past Rome to seek asylum. You can see on this flight how flight 702 circled back and forth over Geneva, the copilot warning that fuel was now running dangerously low. Italian and French fighter jets were scrambled and finally flight 702 landed in general eve have, the co-pilot exiting the cockpit through the window and down a rope. He was promptly arrested. He had no criminal record but looking at jail time. The cockpit doors keep people outside for sure and keep people inside, too. You're saying, terry, no pilot or copilot is you led to be Aloan in the cockpit on American plains? Reporter: Absolutely. That's the protocol on American planes. That cockpit no one is allowed in there. Reporter: Thank you for reporting on this fast-moving story.

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