(CNN) A Pegasus Airlines plane landed at an Istanbul airport Friday after a passenger “said that there was a bomb on board” and wanted the plane to land in Sochi, Russia, the site of the Winter Olympics, said officials with Turkey’s Transportation Ministry.
While in flight, the man said there was a bomb in the baggage hold and he wanted to go to Sochi not Turkey.As we’ve reported there is concern and intense security against potential terror attacks.
The alleged hijacker was apparently in custody.
The alleged hijacker is of Ukrainian nationality according to CNN.
The plane sent a hijacking signal, and after landing it was being held in a safe zone at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, Turkish state media outlet TRT reported.
The plane had been flying a route between Kharkov in Ukraine, and Istanbul.
This week, US officials warned toothpaste tubes could be use to carry bomb making items.