September 1, 1990 |
Soviet air travelers frustrated by delays seized control of a jetliner and demanded to be flown home, but the plane could not land because of bad weather, a newspaper reported. The group had been stranded for several days at an airport in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and passengers became angry when the plane's flight crew went home, Pravda reported. The travelers forced a pilot to make the 300-mile flight to the Kuril island of Iturup.
August 25, 1990 |
A Soviet hijacker who tried to kill himself in a Swedish jail rather than return to the Soviet Union will go on trial in Sweden, court officials said Friday. A Swedish prosecutor has pressed charges against Mikhail Mokretsov, 18, and asked that he be deported after serving a sentence in Sweden, the officials said. The trial will begin Thursday.
August 22, 1990 |
Pakistan will extradite 11 Soviet convicts who overpowered their guards on an Aeroflot airliner and hijacked it to Karachi, Tass news agency said in Moscow. Soviet law enforcement officials will leave for Karachi "in the near future" to pick up the hijackers, who are in custody there, Tass said. The airliner returned to Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, Monday night with 29 passengers and nine crewmen, Tass said.
August 21, 1990 |
A gang of 11 convicts from a Siberian labor camp overpowered their guards aboard an Aeroflot passenger flight carrying 29 passengers and nine crew members. They hijacked the plane to Karachi, Pakistan, where they sought political asylum. No one was hurt. One of the convicts apparently smuggled weapons on board in an artificial limb, the Soviet news agency Tass reported. The hijackers surrendered after landing at Karachi International Airport.
August 17, 1990 |
Sweden's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against deporting a young Soviet hijacker to face trial in the Soviet Union. The court said that Mikhail Mokretsov--who forced a Soviet civilian airliner on a domestic flight from Riga to Murmansk to fly to Sweden on July 5--will face trial in the Scandinavian country rather than the Soviet Union. Although two other young Soviet hijackers were deported last month, the court said that expulsion of Mokretsov, 18, would be contrary to Swedish law.
July 18, 1990 |
A Soviet teen-ager who hijacked a domestic Soviet airliner to Sweden by threatening the pilot with a fake hand grenade was extradited to the Soviet Union on Tuesday. Dmitri Semyonov was believed the first person extradited from Sweden to the Soviet Union since the end of World War II, when some Baltic refugees were sent back. The Soviets claimed the refugees were Nazi sympathizers.