Aman last night tried to hijack a Paris-Rome Alitalia plane and have it land in Tripoli by threatening an air hostess. Valerly Tolmashev, who appeared very agitated, tried to hijack the flight around 19:30 GMT but was overpowered by the Cabincrew.
The flight arrived in Rome’s Fiumicino airport at 20:05 GMT and the apparently unbalanced man was handed over to police the ANSA stated. All 131 passengers were safe.
From an initial investigation it seems that Mr. Tolmashev, a 48 year old man approached an air hostess and held a small knife or nail file against her neck. He was quickly overpowered by four stewards and passengers who wrestled him to the floor before frogmarching him back to his seat. A doctor who was also onboard quickly administered a sedative to the would-be hijacker.
Even if the motive is still not known, it seems the hijacker was an advisor to Kazakhstan’s delegation at UNESCO, the UN educational, scientific and cultural organization in Paris. He had not reserved a hotel in Rome and could not give an address where he was to stay in the Italian capital.