Suspects arrested after hijacking Mexican airliner
The Mexican government has said that an Aeroméxico Boeing-737, flight 576 from Cancun, was hijacked and landed safely at the international airport in Mexico City.
The plane was traveling from Cancun to Mexico City. The situation ended without incident and all passengers and crew on board the aircraft were able to leave safely. All hijackers were arrested after Mexican security forces boarded the plane.
The incident began just after 1:30 p.m. (CDT) after five to seven Bolivian men took control of the plane and demanded to speak to Felipe Calderon, Mexico’s president. The hijackers said that if their demand was not met, they would blow up the plane. Earlier reports had stated there were explosives on board the aircraft, but none were found. At least five to seven people were arrested without incident.
104 people were on board the plane and FOX News says all passengers and crew aboard the aircraft, have left it safely. The airport remained open.
Calderon was inside the airport’s presidential hanger awaiting to depart when the plane landed. His flight was canceled.