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UPDATE: Man attempts to hijack Air Algeria aircraft.

AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION-(C)1997-2003 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

(Information updated throughout.)

A man, said to be mentally unstable, allegedly attempted to hijack an Air Algeria aircraft yesterday (19 August) during a flight from Algiers, Algeria.

The 55-year-old man on the flight to Lille, France, via Oran, Algeria, claimed that he was carrying a grenade which was in a box in his possession. He demanded that the aircraft be diverted to Geneva, Switzerland, however the cabin crew managed to convince the man that the aircraft should land at Oran to refuel.

The Boeing 737 aircraft landed safely at Oran, where all passengers disembarked safely. The man, whose life was devastated by an earthquake in May 2003, surrendered to security services.

The box suspected of containing the grenade was later found to be empty.

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