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Turkish court arrests Ukrainian who tried to divert plane to Sochi

11-02-2014 13:47

A Turkish court has decided to arrest a Ukrainian citizen who tried to force the crew of a Pegasus Airlines plane, en route from Kharkiv to Istanbul on February 7, to divert the aircraft to Sochi, where the Olympic Games are taking place, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has reported.

"Yesterday the court issued a ruling on the measure of restraint for the Ukrainian in the form of detention," Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis. As reported, late on February 7 a Ukrainian citizen, in a state of alcoholic intoxication, attempted to force the crew of a Boeing-737-800 plane, en route from Kharkiv to Istanbul, to be flown to Sochi, where the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics was taking place.The passenger's actions are criminally punishable both in Turkey and Ukraine.