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Russian plane bound for Moscow lands after suspected hijacking
2019-01-22 17:26:27

A-Moscow-bound plane has been forced to land shortly after take-off in a suspected hijacking, Russian authorities say.

The National Anti-Terrorism Committee said on Tuesday that an unnamed man on Aeroflot flight ordered the crew to divert the plane to Afghanistan.

The plane landed in the city of Khanty-Mansiysk about 230 kilometers to the west.

A photo of the would-be hijacker has emerged in the Russian media. Sources have identified him only as 41-year-old Pavel Shapovalov. Authorities have yet to confirm his identity.

The man could now be charged with hijacking an aircraft. Under Russian law, the charges bear a prison term of up to eight years, or up to 12 years if the perpetrator was armed or used violence.