Rope used by hijacking co-pilot seen out of cockpit

A rope which police said a co-pilot used to flee an Ethiopian Airlines plane he hijacked and landed at Geneva Airport in a bid for asylum has been seen dangling from the aircraft's cockpit.

The unnamed co-pilot, an Ethiopian born in 1983, asked to refuel at Geneva before landing and gave himself up to police after escaping the plane.

The co-pilot is said to have used the rope to leave the cockpit after diverting the Ethiopian Airlines plane bound for Rome. Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse
A police spokesman said the unnamed co-pilot sought asylum in Switzerland due to fear of persecution in his native Ethiopia. Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

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Co-pilot arrested after plane forced to land at Geneva

The co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines plane, which was en route to Rome but forced to land in Geneva, has been arrested. The unnamed man has asked for asylum in Switzerland.