The Soviet state airline Aeroflot is introducing tough security measures against hijacking. This was disclosed?
The Soviet state airline Aeroflot is introducing tough security measures against hijacking. This was disclosed today (Friday) by a senior Civil Aviation Minster official. The crackdown follows the hijacking of tow Soviet aircraft to Turkey this month.
The latest hijacking occurred on October 27 when two students hijacked a Soviet plane over the Crimea and threatened to blow it up. Soon after the four-seater plane took off from Kerch in the Crimea for Krasnodar the students, Nikolai Ginlov, 21, and Viteli Pozdeyir, 20, overpowered the fourth occupant, a metal worker, and covered the pilot's head.
The 50-year-old pilot Alexander Menchikov fearing for his life, agreed to change course and landed the plane at the Turkish-American base of Ayancik, near the Turkish Black Sea port of Sinop.
The two hijackers said they had planned their escape for a long time, and the opportunity came when they boarded the plane, used as a form of inter-urban air taxi.
The Provincial Governor, Mr Ismail Dokuzoglu, said questioning of the hijackers was continuing.
On October 15, a Lithuanian father and his son killed a stewardess and seriously wounded another of the crew of an Aeroflot AN-24 aircraft before forcing the pilot to fly to Trabzon in Eastern Turkey.