Jamaican police arrest hijacker

April 20, 2009 12:00 am

, MONTEGO BAY, Apr 20 – Police in Jamaica on Monday arrested a lone gunman who had seized a Canadian airliner carrying 182 people during a stopover, the country’s information minister told CNN.

The police "were able to capture the gunman without anybody being harmed. The six crew members have actually come off the plane, and the gunman is in police custody as we speak," said information minister Daryl Vaz.

The armed youth, identified by officials only as from a Montego Bay family, allowed all passengers and two crew to leave the chartered CanJet Boeing 737, but was still holding six crew hours later at Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport.

The incident occurred when the passengers were boarding a CanJet flight from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay to Halifax, Canada, late on Sunday.

About 150 people were scheduled to be on the flight, CNN said, citing Jamaican police Lieutenant Colonel Derek Robinson.

A passenger, Brenda Grenier, called her husband and said a man apparently had sneaked aboard the plane and had taken hostages, the network reported.

Grenier and her daughter were safe, her husband said by phone from his home in Nova Scotia, Canada.


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