February 17th, 2014
08:37 PM ET

Co-pilot hijacks plane, seeks in asylum in Geneva

A co-pilot in his 30s hijacked a plane Monday bound for Rome and flew it to Geneva, Switzerland instead.

The man took control of the Ethiopian Airlines flight with 202 on board when the pilot went to the restroom and locked the cockpit door behind him.

When the plane landed in Geneva, the co-pilot used a rope to exit the plane from the cockpit window.

No passengers were injured but it was quite the spectacle.

The reason? He wanted asylum from Ethiopia.

He clearly did not go about it the right way.

But when Erin Burnett was in Ethiopia a year and a half ago, she was startled by the repression.

Journalists were in jail and the government was so controlling and concerned about any unrest, that people waiting to meet friends and family at the airport had to stand outside in the rain.

For Erin's essay on the situation in Ethiopia and why it matters to America, CLICK HERE.

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  1. Selam

    The question is why a co-pilot with such professional caliber took such a turn. Thousand and thousand Ethiopians seek political asylum around the world everyday and he could have done the same way....but he message is loud and clear...spread the state repression as any way as you can!!!

    February 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Reply

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