View Full Version : Man Attempts To Hijack Alitalia Paris-Rome Flight

25th April 2011, 01:20 PM
man has been overpowered by cabin crew on an Alitalia flight from Paris to Rome, after he drew out a small knife and demanded the plane divert to the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

A female flight attendant was slightly injured as the man was subdued.

The suspect, from Kazakhstan, was handed over to police and arrested after flight AZ329 landed at Rome's Fiumicino airport at 2005 GMT.

He was "clearly agitated", according to a statement from Alitalia. There were 131 people on board. The man was overpowered by four crew and passengers, and given a sedative by a doctor who was travelling on the flight.

Italian police named the man as Valery Tolmachev, aged 48. He is reportedly a member of the Kazakh delegation at Unesco in Paris.

Source: bbc