Jamaican Hijacking Ordeal Comes to an End

Published April 20, 2009

In Jamaica, an armed man who got onto a Canadian plane and held members of the crew hostage Sunday night was captured by the nation’s troops Monday morning, according to a Jamaican official.

The gunman boarded CanJet Flight 918, which was carrying 174 Canadian passengers and eight crew members, according to Kent Woodside, vice president of CanJet Airlines. The man took an unknown number of passengers and the plane’s crewmembers hostage, then let all of the passengers and two crew members go, a spokeswoman from the company that manages the airport told CNN.

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding, along with the suspect’s father flew in to the location by helicopter and negotiated with him before he was apprehended, reports CNN. Everyone was released unharmed.

The suspect is in his 20s and is “mentally challenged,” Jamaica’s Information Minister Daryl Vaz said. “The hijacking is that from a mentally challenged youngster and not anything that would be of concern in terms of an international incident,” Vaz said.

But the way the suspect was able to push past airport security and board the Boeing 737, which had landed at Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport from Halifax, Canada, “will be investigated,” Owen Ellington, the deputy police commissioner told CNN.

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephan Harper says he will fly to Jamaica today to meet with Golding about the incident.

Written by BET.com News Staff

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