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    Turk receives seven-year sentence for hijack attempt

    18.03.2005 - 11:26 | Son Güncelleme:

    A Turkish man found guilty of attempting to hijack a passenger plane was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison, yesterday. Burhan Bayrambey, 28, made the threat 10 minutes after the flight took off from Munich, on its way to Ataturk Airport Istanbul in June 2004.

    Bayrambey, who defense lawyers claimed was "confused and deeply distressed following the separation from his wife", demanded the plane change direction and land in the northern city of Hamburg in the hope that he would see his wife again.

    Holding his cell phone in his hands he shouted, " Don't panic, I've got a bomb in my hand." He was overpowered after the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Munich.

    All 150 passengers and seven crew members were able to leave the plane safely.



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