April 10, 2007 / 5:43 PM / 12 years ago

CHRONOLOGY-Recent hijackings involving Turkey

(Reuters) - A Turkish man hijacked a commercial passenger plane on Tuesday flying from the mainly-Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakir but then gave himself up to the authorities, an Ankara airport official said.

Here is a chronology of other airline hijacks involving Turkey:

March 8, 1996 - A young Turk with Chechen sympathies hijacked a North Cyprus Turkish Airlines Boeing 727 with 109 people on board en route from northern Cyprus to Istanbul. He diverted it to Sofia for refuelling, then made it fly to Munich where he gave himself up.

February 24, 1998 - A man who claimed to have a bomb hidden in a teddy bear seized a Turkish Airlines plane with 68 people aboard and diverted it to the southeastern city of Diyarbakir.

Passengers overpowered the hijacker, who had demanded to be flown to Iran.

September 14 - A Turkish Airlines Airbus on a domestic flight carrying 76 people was hijacked by a Turkish man armed with a toy pistol. The hijacking ended after the plane was forced to divert to the Black Sea city of Trabzon.

October 29 - Hijacker Mursel Peker, proclaiming support for Kurdish separatist guerrillas in eastern Turkey, seized a Boeing 737 on a domestic flight from Adana and ordered it to fly to Lausanne in Switzerland.

Instead it landed in Ankara after the pilot convinced Peker they were in Bulgaria. He was killed when Turkish commandos stormed the airliner and freed the 40 passengers and crew.

October 19, 1999 - An EgyptAir Boeing 737 flying from Istanbul to Cairo was hijacked by a lone Arabic speaker and landed in Hamburg where he surrendered to German police.

March 15, 2001 - A Russian Vnukovo Airlines flight from Istanbul to Moscow with 174 people on board was hijacked by Chechen separatists and diverted to Medina in Saudi Arabia.

One hijacker, a Russian flight attendant and a Turkish passenger were killed when Saudi forces stormed the plane.

February 7, 2003 - Police stormed a Turkish Airlines plane on the ground at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport and arrested a man after he held two crew members hostage claiming he carried a bomb. Police said he wanted to go to Moscow.

March 28 - A lone hijacker took over a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Ankara and forced the pilot to fly to Athens. The hijacker, described by officials as depressed and unstable, surrendered after freeing all 203 people on board.

October 3, 2006 - Hijackers wanting to send a message to Pope Benedict seized control of a plane flying from the Albanian capital Tirana to Istanbul and forced it to land in Brindisi, southern Italy.

Apr. 10, 2007 - A Turkish man hijacked a commercial passenger plane flying from the mainly-Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakir but then gave himself up to authorities.

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