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Aug 27, 2007

Turkish Court Charges Plane Hijackers. A Turkish court has charged two men with hijacking after they sought to seize control of a plane heading for Istanbul from northern Cyprus at the weekend, state-run Anatolian news agency said on Thursday. Aug 23, 2007

ACT Airlines, Airbus

ACT Airlines, based at Istanbul Ataturk, signed an MOU for two Airbus A330-200 freighters, Airbus announced. ACT currently operates seven A300B4 freighters and will use the new aircraft for flights to Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. Aug 20, 2007

Atlas Jet

A Turkish court has charged two men with hijacking after they sought to seize control of a plane heading for Istanbul from northern Cyprus at the weekend, state-run Anatolian news agency said on Thursday. The two hijackers surrendered and released their hostages after forcing the Atlas Jet plane to land in southern Turkey on Saturday. They had said they had a bomb, which turned out to be modeling clay with wires attached. Hijackings are not uncommon in Turkey, where a number of radical groups ranging from Kurdish separatists to far-left islamist militants operate. Aug 23, 2007

Atlas Jet

Atlas Jet McDonnell Douglas MD-83 jet hijacked in Turkey, the officials said the pair had demanded to be taken to Tehran. Broadcaster CNN Turk said the two had met in northern Cyprus a year ago and their ultimate goal was to reach Afghanistan and join al Qaeda. It quoted police officials in the southern city of Antalya as saying one of the hijackers was Turkish and the other an Egyptian born in Cairo in 1974, who had received training in al Qaeda camps. It did not specify where the camps were. Newspapers carried similar reports. Previous reports have said one of the hijackers was a Syrian passport-holder, thought to be Palestinian. Aug 20, 2007

Atlas Jet

Atlas Jet McDonnell Douglas MD-83 jet was hijacked as it brought 136 passengers from northern Cyprus -- a destination popular with Turkish and foreign tourists -- to Istanbul. One of the hijackers had tried to force the cockpit door open 15 minutes after takeoff and told passengers he was a member of al Qaeda. Most passengers were quickly released or escaped through emergency exits but six crew and passengers were held hostage until the hijackers surrendered about five hours after forcing the plane to land. Hijackings are not uncommon in Turkey, where a number of radical groups ranging from Kurdish separatists to far-left militants operate, and several incidents in the...

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