The crew reportedly tricked the hijacker and landed the plane in Istanbul where he was subdued by security officers who sneaked on board.
As Professor Juan Cole has noted in his Informed Comment today, the hijacker, presumably an Eastern Orthodox Christian threatened to blow up an airplane full of innocent passengers. But the press reports, including the AP article used here, did not refer to him as “terrorist.” The plot was foiled by Turkish officers, presumably Muslims. But if the hijacker had been a Muslim, the press would likely have declared him a terrorist. And the press would have written extensively about the heroes who foiled the plot if the security officers were not Muslims.
Photo credit: The scene at Istanbul airport after security officers foiled a hijacking attemp of a Pegasus Airlines. (AP/Informed Comment)