Ethiopian Airlines Jet Hijacked by its own Co-Pilot

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45 Responses

  1. teshome says:

    This pilot is profoundly retarded, he had no clue at all what consequence would invite on him. If he had a political grieviances, what then made him to be in all this mess….where he could have defected to any country. What can one ascribe this other than profound mental retardation.

  2. trh says:

    I was wondering why Egyptian notified AP before informing Ethiopian civil aviation. Going through voice recoding device on the plane, searching the phone record for the last six month of the person might give some information. If the individual made or receive international calls the phone he received from or dialed to can be can be traced and that phone can be traced again if there is a call to Egypt

  3. keyo says:

    He should be jail for life. I hate this gov. but what this guy did is not justifiable by any means. he is a co pilot he can go to rome and drive or walk to swize if he want to claim asylm he doesn’t need to trash the name of our proud ethiopian airlines.
    hating the gov. is one thing hating ethiopia is another.
    as per swise low taking hostage of people will give you 20 years on prison and i would be happy if he got it.
    if any passenger beed did this i wouldn’t have say this but a co-pilot ummmmm specialy only 10 minutes of fuel left when he arrive there know what happen in comoross last time he did very bad thing.

  4. Yigermal says:

    Regardless of where the hijacker is tried (either Geneva or Bern)- he is looking at a potential 20 year sentence.

    Thanks God no one is harmed. But why on earth did a co-piolet hijack his own aircraft? Didnt he able to go away at Rome after landing?
    Now he will get Asylem in a Swiss prison of 20 years! If he ever servived this, may work as a toilette cleaner in a fastfood restaurant.
    May be he deserves that or may not, only God knows.

  5. Desta says:

    As a pilot this guy could have fly for free by him self and ask for asylum anywhere. Why taking hostage and risk two hundreds passengers life?
    He should go to jail. This is unacceptable.

  6. aster says:

    I am glad the passengers are safe. I want be surprised if the co-pilot is an Eritrean.

  7. aster says:

    I am glad the passengers are safe. I would not be surprised if the co-pilot is an Eritrean.

  8. Mario says:

    ፖይሎቱ በጣም ወራዳ ሰው ነው። ከኢትዮጵያ ጠላቶች ገንዘብ ተከፍሎ የኢትዮጵያን ኣየር መንገድ ስም ለማጥፋት ነው እንጂ ሁልጊዜ ውጭ ኣገር እየሄደ ከሆቴሉ በዛው መቅረት ይችል ነበር! ኣፈር ብላ ወራዳ!

  9. w .yilma says:

    I think this bad guy should visit by psychiatrist for his mental status. Hope of he will spend his life in Swiss prison. This action is not politics. this action shows a reflection of mentally unsustainable, and hate against your own country.
    He can leave his country without doing this. He was free to go through Bole or in the country where the plan landing. Because he was determined to damage the images of the Ethiopian airlines he chooses to take this crazy action. Is he bribed by Egypt to do this, maybe? The same as Ethiopia has heroic , we have also people like this guy betraying their country. How can we go forward with people like this guy? It is a challenge for Ethiopia. We have many the enemy within. god save Ethiopia from this evil thinkers! We will see when he is appreciating and considered as a hero by the vocal Diaspora! Everything is politics in Ethiopia, even this!
    Long Live Ethiopia

  10. ilula lemma says:

    I am not surprised with this incident. This is the result of repression and lack of freedom by JUNTA EPRDF(WOYANE).The beging of the end just started and time is ticking.If the JUNTA continues with the same tactic of oppression,cheating,lying over and over,it will fall down quick than any body imagine.My advice for EPRDF(WOYANE) is reform yourself or else deform and phase out.

    • A.yehdego says:

      what is the border line of freedom, if the 31 years old copilot seeking asylum in Geneva to get freedom, the definition of freedom to me is living out side of your country. leaving your country especially for Ethiopians today is big mistake unless you have political agenda that deals against the current constitution of the ruling party.

      Some brothers and sisters living in the western world think there is there is no freedom in Ethiopia today. In my view Ethiopians are enjoying their freedom with the current government than ever as long as they play by the rule of law of the country.

      Those who blame the current government saying there is no freedom in Ethiopia must be out of their mind or they are the left over of the old regime.

      god bless Ethiopia

      • Ilula lemma says:

        @A.yehdego
        You smell like WOYANE(EPRDF) cadre. I am sure you’re part of EPRDF(WOYANE) circle who knows nothing than cheap propaganda. The time for cheap talk is over .Let us get rid of WOYANE and get our freedom back. We are feed up of being second citizen in our own country.
        Freedom ,FREEDOM.

        • Solomon says:

          When mr.Ilula lama say let us get our freedom back .
          When is Ethiopian ever had freedom? during Banda Minlke who sold Ethiopian land of Tigray now Ertirea to white men Italian .
          Djibouti to French .who killed minions of Ethiopia for not bing Amara.
          During stupid H/selasse who was having fan when his people in wollo were daying with starvation .
          I don’t even went mation darg(Mangstu )
          Mr ilula lama please people like you naftnga elit manza should not talk about freedom .
          I know you say freedom you mean Manze addiss ababa supermecy.

          • Ilula lemma says:

            @Solomon
            I understand your pain due to lack of historical facts. I am not for cheap talk of ethnic politics and i am not even interested. I advice you to read more about Ethiopian History and assess the current Ethiopian political situation. You are infected with tribalism and get the cure somewhere. Till then I do not have time to respond to you.
            God Luck
            God bless Ethiopia

          • mimi says:

            @ “solomon” do u know we are 100 years far behind because of u guys…we should train a dog than …u know I mean? u do not Deserve the name Solomon in the first place…, read more…go to school ..Education might be change u…

  11. Hermi says:

    What a Moron!

  12. Min linisema new says:

    This is madness. This guy don’t need to hijack a plane for sake of seeking an asylum.

  13. ASGEDOM YEHDEGO says:

    The copilot intension is not seeking asylum but he could be someone’s tools to discredit the Ethiopian air line and the government of Ethiopia. If his plan was asylum he could ask in Italy without taking the plane to Geneva. Lets see what will come after this stay tune to know who is behind this incident.

  14. Gemechu says:

    I am speachelese this could’t happen to ethiopian airline the excutive it used to be oromo now changed by tigrai the guy might be from welega oromo so he is like furstrated may be treated badly what he left in the airline if he is oromo tribe weyane indirectly payed him to do this the guy is cheated and stupid becouse the weyane they did it perposely to replace all oromo back ground by its own ethnic group.

    this not outside enemy thats weyane taktik.

    i did say my last comment on oromo activist jewahi mohammed what ever you open your mouth against weyane or ethiopia you harming you people back home in every field you will be the victum.

    if they are politician do it by being moderate extrimisum have no place.

    so you ask fo it you get it.

    • a.yehdego says:

      I don’t think his problem is his ethnicity but it could be political issue or simply being narrow minded temporary frustration with his close superior or someone gave him big money to do this kind of activity which gives bad image to Ethiopian air line and to the Ethiopian government.

      Ethiopia today is united more than ever when it comes ethnicity there is no deference thanks to the article 39 which makes all nations and nationalities equal.so Gemechu’s comment has no room in Ethiopia today.

  15. welwallo says:

    Thanks God it is not a terror act, what a sigh of relief to the people who love their country most! Had it been hijacked through other means, there would have been a lot of things waiting to be answered by the Airlines. But, in this situation, no one had power to know what is going on in the mind of co- pilot except devil. I hope it is not a plot orchestrated by some Air lines to loose consumer confidence as market surges to the highest, Or sarcastic political motive by some individual as usual to attain unattainable political ambition. It is dubious, what impact will have on the Air line in this competitive market for a reason safety is a priority in air transportation this time. Thanks to those who have deep infatuation in killing innocent people for no reason. How many of the passengers will rationalize and understand its rationality? What so ever pure justification has, news goes viral and will have impact in market, Thanks to one-sided co- pilot. He had so many options and ways to seek asylum somewhere, not in a country which passed tough immigration law, had he had a functioning mind. What a curse! Does he think to live a better life abroad than being an Ethiopian airlines pilot living in Ethiopia relatively? Whatever political desire or individual interest we have, it shouldn’t be at the cost of the country and its people. I hope the motto woyane is not the motive behind him.

  16. Gebru says:

    We should thank God that nothing worse happend!
    For me this is a big terror action planned by some evil terrorist enemies of Ethiopian people which went for them wrong!
    This is a wakeup signal for all Ethiopians to stand up and safegard their country.If those elements didnot refrain to brew hostilities against Ethiopia, preempitive action may be required and legitim.We want peace, don’t touch Ethiopia!!!

  17. Henok says:

    What a rotten brain !
    Ethiopian must liaison with security office and make
    A periodic background test if its pilots !

    Rotten mind smelled worse than an abattoir !

  18. Nazret says:

    In Ethiopia Airline’s pilot used to be a well respected entity, That is until recently. Currently the non-govermental ruling party Airline’s workers are being treated like personal slaves of the ruling party supporters airlines wokers.The country pretends to be following a free democratic system while in actuality we are seeing the Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s adminstration is tightening it’s grip in the economic and poilitical system in Ethiopia.Farmers in nazret, Ethiopia are forced to sell their onions by the government only to the governmental distribution agency or let the onions rot. The governmental agency in turn sels the onions to stores for a price 10 times of the amount than it paid the farmers. Finally the consumer will be unable to afford to feed it’s family by paying the final price, which leads to the honest hard working person’s such as this pilot to raise questions which will get them in a harrasment from the government thugs. that is why the political system cannot be seen as nothing but designed to rob the country dry. The grip of hailemariam desalegn is geting tighter and tighter by the minute which is chocking the life out of the hard working people such as this pilot or the faremrs in Nazret(Adama) Ethiopia.

  19. Solo says:

    I believe this is just one of Egypt plots to scare the Italians and Ethiopian government , but this need to be carefully investigated. We should not sleep this people have for so many years have done this. For a copilot to do this is just for media consumption . Long live Ethiopia .

  20. Abrha says:

    I do not like the government but this act is not something that should not be encouraged. Because he is playing game at the life innocent people.

  21. Embasoleda says:

    Poor co pilot. He might has been manuplated or mislead by those Enemies mouthpiece, cowards diasporas. So, they could have something to talk negative about Ethiopia for the next few days. However, he will get well deserved punishment for his stupidity for the rest of his life behind person. I’m sure, those diaspora blood sucker will start their comparing of fundraising on his behalf to collet many and to pay their utility bills…LOL. That what they have been doing for living for the past 22+ years and we don’t expect them to change their life stle…LOL.

    Thanks to God that all the passengers safe!

  22. Ittu Aba Farda says:

    I remember an Ethiopian who was a member of the imperial navy who was sent here to the USA for further education in the early 1970’s. His was given a diplomatic passport. That means he could visit any country without much visa requirement hassles. But after he finished his school he decided to stay and sought asylum in 1974. Pilots have similar passports. So why did this guy decide to hijack a civilian plane? In these days, where all of us are jittery about wanton terrorism, Thanks The Almighty that the Swiss remained cool-headed with this uninvited plane that came barreling into their airspace. There was no need for him to hijack the plane and in the process he has jeopardized the safety of the passengers. As I said before, violence should not be given the chance to be the instrument of any opposition, be it as an individual or a group. He could have abandoned his job after any flight and make a statement about the undesirable condition of human rights in Ethiopia. Now he has to deal with the possible ire of the Swiss. There are so many social media venues available to everyone these days to expose evil doers. I don’t see any excuse for such reckless action.

  23. alex says:

    THERE ARE SO MANY QUESTIONS WHICH REMAIN UNANSWERED
    1. IT IS SAID THAT THE PILOT WAS ITALIAN. THE CO PILOT IS ETHIOPIAN BUT SOMEHOW THE PASSENGERS DID NOT KNOW THAT THE PLANE HAS BEEN TAKEN OVER BY THE CO PILOT, DOES THIS MEAN THAT HE DID NOT UPDAT THE PASSENGERS.
    2. I THOUGHT THE PLANE WAS SCHEDULED TO STOP IN KHARTOUM BUT DID NOT DO SO, SO WHAT DID THE PASSENGERS WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO DISEMBARK IN KHARTOUM THINK WAS GOING ON.
    3. WHY DID PILOT HIGHJACK THE PLANE AS HE COULD HAVE DISEMBARK IN ITALY AND CLAIMED ASYLUM THERE.
    4. IF HE DID NOT WANT TO CLAIM ASYLUM IN ITALY ( WHO CAN BLAME HIM) DID HE KNOW THAT SWITZERLAND IS IN SCHENGER AREA SO HE COULD HAVE TRAVELLED FROM ITALY TO SWITZERLAND WITHOUT A VISA. HE JUST NEEDED TO BOARD A TRAIN.
    5. DID HE KNOW HOWEVER GENUINE HIS ASYLUM CLAIM MIGHT BE, THE SWISS AUTHORITIES WOULD SENTENCE HIM TO A VERY LONG TERM IMPRISONMENT TO DETER OTHERS FROM ENGAGING IN SIMILAR ACTS.
    6. DID HE KNOW THE SWISS ARE NOT CURRENTLY POSTIVELY DISPOSED TOWARDS IMMIGRANTS, THEY VOTED TO STOP THEIR FELLOW EUROPEANS TO LIVE IN SWITZERLAND WITHOUT ANY RESTRICTIONS SO GUESS WHAT THEY THINK ABOUT AFRICANS
    7. THE ONLY HOPE FOR HIM IS FOR A FUND TO BE ESTABLISHED FOR EXPERIENCED LAWYERS TO BE HIRED TO HIGHLIGHT THE MITIGATING FEATURES IN THIS CASE WHICH ARE (A) NO WEAPON WAS USED, (B) HE DID NOT ENDAGER THE PLANE OR THE PASSENGERS, ( C) HE DID NOT CAUSE THE PASSENGERS UNDUE ALARM OR DISTRESS AS THEY BLISSFULLY UNAWARE, ( D) REQUEST THE LOWEST SENTENCE POSSIBLE GIVEN THESE MITIGATING FEATURES.

    I HOPE THEY CAN PLEAD DIMINISHED RESPONSIBILITY
    i FEEL REALLY SORRY FOR HIM AS I AM NOT SURE HE THOUGHT THROUGH THE RAMIFICATION OF HIS ACTIONS AS HE COULD HAVE ACCOMPLISHED WHAT HE WANTED THROUGH OTHER MEANS WITHOUT FACING THE CERTAIN PROSPECTS OF BEING LOCKED UP FOR A CONSIDERABLE PERIOD OF TIME. IT IS A SHAME GIVEN HIS YOUNG AGE

  24. Desta says:

    This is non sense action,it’s aim is only to blackmail the Ethiopian government for its outstanding progress in economy, building democracy, and global acceptance

  25. Tatek says:

    My heart goes way to all the families and friends of all those on the plane. It is good news that the plane finally landed safely and no passengers, crew and or property was damaged as a result of this fiasco. But it is to be noted that this fiasco is a result of the vicious onslaught on human rights in Ethiopia today and none other than the regime of TPLF stooge, Hailemariam Desalegn, is to be held responsible. While it is not in any way justifiable that one hijacks a civilian Aircraft to fulfill their own dreams, we need to take note that this might be the only means at the disposal of this man to flee from persecution, tyranny, repression and shackles that Ethiopians were subjected to as a result of the introduction of EPRDF’s Revolutionary Democracy—an outfit of tyranny and persecution in the name of human rights and democracy. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, itself based in Geneva where this man now is, senior Ethiopian Military Authorities ordered the use of cruel, excessively degrading and inhuman interrogation of Oromo inmates in TPLF Military prisons under the guise of eradicating the OLF Virus from Ethiopia. The report goes on to include that unlawful interrogation tactics, that fall within the meaning of torture according to the International Covenant against Torture like: isolation for long periods of time, exposure to extreme temperatures, reversing of sleep patterns, sensory deprivation, stress positions, shackling, forced stripping and the likes were used against Oromo political inmates held in TPLF Military Concentration camps, whose existences in the country were denied repeatedly by high level Ethiopian officials so as to avoid possible War crimes charges that may emanate from such actions. It is, theretofore, to be noted that the pilot’s actions have all to do with his attempts to flee tyranny, persecution, repression, marginalization and oppression and it is incumbent upon Swiss Authorities to exonerate him from any acts of wrong doing whatsoever and grant him an asylum he requested from persecution pursuant to the 1951 Refugee Convention to which Switzerland is a signatory.

  26. Yackob says:

    the celebration is underway and they opened a cheap champaign and the phone is ringing off the desk, the cell phone batteries are burning at Ginbot 7 hellquarter.

    but this asshole co-pilot fag. will get his share in jail.

  27. yosef says:

    Few years back Meles explained what EGYPT could do to stop the building of the dam.
    1,invasion,? No real chance for success.
    2,blocking us financial credit,? YES! But this time around we not looking for credit.
    3,Sabotaging,? yes! This is the real danger for us and the best Egyptians can come up with. sabotaging us with our own people.

  28. tyu says:

    I was wondering why the passengers weren’t informed early on that the plane was hijacked. The pilot might knew in advance what was going on and was informed the outcome of the hijacking. Knowing the protocol during hijacking will help to understand the sequence of events. There are a lot of gray areas surrounding this incident. The decision to keep the hijacking secret in order to keep the passengers calm not to harm them emotionally was to benefit the hijacker’s asylum case. Because plane hijacking by itself isn’t crime in Switzerland. There seems to be a well thought political planning in the making. The hijacker preferred Switzerland over Italy where a lot of pro ginbot 7 resides. I think there is a second or third party involvement in the process,Wait and see.

  29. zimiita says:

    For all of u guys posting ur comment…u know nothing about this guy, u have no any freaken idia about his status in any regard. Why dont u shut the fk up?? “alubalta yadegnibet neew aydel?
    ” Trust me this guy has a training on dealing with a hijaker and he knows the consequences of his action. Let him tel his side of the story. Kudos to him for not being frustrated and leave the plane out of his control.

  30. Dagna says:

    Asylum chances seen as slim
    Geneva prosecutor Olivier Jornot said the co-pilot will be charged with taking hostages, a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The Swiss federal prosecutors’ office said later Monday that it had taken over the case.
    Jornot said the hijacker’s chances of winning asylum were slim.
    “Technically there is no connection between asylum and the fact he committed a crime to come here,” he said. “But I think his chances are not very high.”
    Both Italy and Switzerland, however, do not extradite those who may face the death penalty at home.

    Here is the most bizarre one,

    The leader of Ethiopia’s opposition Blue party, Yilikal Getnet, said he believed the hijacker was trying to make a statement about the political situation in Ethiopia, where the late strongman Meles Zenawi’s party has dominated politics since the 1990s.
    “I think he took the measure to convey a message that the … government is not in line with the public,” he said
    Pilot tried to knock down cockpit door.

    The opposition party justify the hijacking as a necessary act to demonize the ruling Junta.
    humm!!! how many Ethiopian A/C’s must be hijacked before this delusional Semiawi party leader realizes that the plane is the property of the Ethiopian people and soon no body will want to fly Ethiopian but only the Guelph state air carriers.
    I guess that tells the economic policy of the opposition party.
    dont take me wrong I am not fan of TPLF but this is madness mr Yilikal Getnet, you need to be checked at Emanuele hospital, just don’t go bla,bla,bla when ever you get a call from any media. Keep your politics in line to build a better Ethiopia by adding what is already built, not by deducing to serve yours and only yours interest. Learn from the rise and fall of Kinijit. win the heart and mind of the Ethiopian people not any pen and pad or microphone holding journalists.

    The leader of Ethiopia’s opposition Blue party, Yilikal Getnet, said he believed the hijacker was trying to make a statement about the political situation in Ethiopia, where the late strongman Meles Zenawi’s party has dominated politics since the 1990s.
    “I think he took the measure to convey a message that the … government is not in line with the public,” he said

    Pilot tried to knock down cockpit door
    “The pilot was threatening to open the cockpit door and tried to knock it down without succeeding,” said Cuomo, a 25-year-old economist.
    “At this point, a message was transmitted by the loudspeakers in poor English, but the threat to crash the airplane was clearly understood,” he added.

  31. Gashu says:

    What makes a highly trained prfessional to do what he did.Simple answer-WOYANE.

  32. Daniel says:

    First of all, with the grace of our almighty God, all passengers are safe …this is important. For the next few weeks, so many people would continue to speculate why a young professional decided this act…was he trying to make a statement as it was reported by the Blue party leader? Is he a greedy guy who was after money or some twisted fame? I don’t know his motives but it is a wakeup call to TPLF lead government. This individual could easily travel wherever he wants to go or earn more money by working to other well respected airlines in the Middle East. One thing is clear, he asked “political asylum” ..This is undeniable fact…The political asylum is one of the human rights affirmed by Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and a rules of international human rights law. All countries who have agreed to the United Nations Conventions Relating to the Status of Refugees must let people, who do qualify; come into their country…Netherland is one of them…People who qualify for asylum are those who can show that they might be badly treated in their own country because of their: race, religion, political opinions etc….The co-pilot who didn’t have a weapon and who never alarmed the passengers till he landed could be consider a criminal??? Time will tell…
    Beside the above blurb, A few days ago I visited Ben’s (Ethiopian First) webpage and he talked about how the incumbent is abusing its power and how the people are distancing themselves from their government…Ben , thank you for your remark and balanced view…please listen to what Ben had to say…listen to the people,…it would be hard to govern a country when you have citizens unwilling to be governed…
    By the way, why on earth, an Italian dude operating our airlines??? Where are our pilots? Where are my people?..God bless Emama Ethiopia…

  33. Sewlesew says:

    Be danger for his people is outcome is unexpectable one the Ethiopian people will liberate form this kind of government the whole country taken by one tribe(Tigray),the business everything on them hand how we struggle

  34. Helen says:

    In 1988 or sometime in the 19-eighties too, similar incident occurred. Co-pilot hijacked a plane and that was when the airline was flying from communist China to Taiwan.

  35. CNN_to_Mario&Teshome says:

    While rare, a pilot hijacking an airline is not unheard of.

    In 1998, an Air China captain, reportedly disgruntled with life in China, hijacked his passenger jet to Taiwan.

    Source:http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/17/world/europe/ethiopian-airlines-hijacking/

  36. Selam, says:

    This is guy very genus in education, I kmow him. I suspect he did this against TPLF.why?
    1.He has no freedom to work
    2.if want to leave they will not give him his degree or certificate.

  37. Alula says:

    Once again he must have been paid by Ethiopia’s chronic enemies to destroy the good name of Ethiopian airlines! He could have gone on a day light straight from Addis to anywhere he wanted!

    Very stupid guy!

  38. since it stablish even since mengestu left he never left lame or blind pilots or inconpetence adminstration at the aviation.
    he left as it is even the plan which depart to zimbabew returned back to ethiopia it was then.

    We talking now 2006 for God sake high rank pilot seeking asylum No way.

    you have home work to do!
    do not blame the weather its the way you dress.

    • Hailu/biftu barisa. says:

      Really I never seen such a stupid guy that misled his mother land for the sake of our historical enemies which are found around and in us. Of course this is an alarm for all of us and the government of Ethiopia.
      God Bless Ethiopia!!!

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