Hijacker held after Ethiopian plane lands at Geneva airport

An Ethiopian Airlines plane en route from Addis Ababa to Rome has been forced to land in Geneva after being hijacked, Swiss police say, the BBC reports.

One hijacker has been arrested. The airline said in a statement that all passengers and crew were safe.

There are no injuries, and the police say the situation is “under control”.

Flight 702 was scheduled to leave Addis Ababa at 00:30 local time (21:30 GMT), and arrive in Rome at 04:40 local time. Geneva airport has now reopened.

The flight was hijacked as it was flying over Sudan, reports the Tribune de Geneve newspaper.

All 200 passengers and crew on board the plane were in good health, Ethiopian Airlines said. 

The reason for the hijacking remains unclear.

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