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.
Нам удалось связаться с бывшей супругой пассажира рейса Сургут - Москва, который потребовал изменить маршрут самолета. Женщина рассказала, что удивлена его поступком https://t.co/sYpW0UhpKT pic.twitter.com/TVUFmvAw3q— РЕН ТВ | Новости (@rentvchannel) January 22, 2019