Russia Foils Plane Hijacking

Posted Jul 30th 2010 01:25 PMUpdated Jul 30th 2010 01:45 PM

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A 30-year-old Russian man briefly seized a plane with 105 passengers and crew aboard at a Moscow airport.

But in what sounds like a scene out of an action movie, special forces disguised as doctors quickly came to the rescue.

The plane, which had flown from the North Caucasus town of Mineralniye Vody, was landing at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport when the man handed a note to a crew member demanding a meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, according to news reports.

After holding the plane for about two hours, the hijacker agreed to allow several passengers to receive medical attention.

At that point, special forces dressed like doctors boarded and the plane was freed.

An airport spokeswoman claims the well-coordinated rescue was "the fastest operation to free an airplane in Russia's civil aviation history."

It was unclear how the man had gained control of the plane in the first place. Russian news agencies quoted police officials as saying he was not armed.

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