BREAKING: Possible plane hijacking thwarted in Berlin (UPDATED)

BREAKING: Possible plane hijacking thwarted in Berlin

Update: According to an airport official, this might be a false alarm.

Two Russian men, both pilots, were taken into custody Wednesday at Berlin's Tegel Airport after a witness told police she suspected they were planning a hijacking, authorities said.

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The two men, aged 49 and 26, were booked on an Air Berlin flight to Moscow around midday, federal police spokeswoman Sandra Pfeifer said. Though they were both registered pilots, neither was part of the aircraft's crew, she said.

They were overheard speaking in Russian by a woman at an Air Berlin counter before they boarded the plane, said Berlin police spokesman Michael Gassen.

"She had the impression that a hijacking of the plane to Moscow was planned," he said without elaborating.


Source: MSNBC

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