Monday, April 20, 2009

All passengers freed

The incident occurred when the passengers were boarding a CanJet flight from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay to Halifax, Canada, late on Sunday, CNN said. -- PHOTO: INTERNET

KINGSTON (Jamaica) - THE two remaining passengers being held captive with crew members on a CanJet passenger airplane at an airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, have been released, the airline said on Monday.

'Flight 918 was carrying 182 passengers and crew. All passengers have been safely removed from the aircraft, but CanJet crew and the armed man remain on board,' the Canadian charter airline said in a statement.

'Our understanding is that no harm has come to anyone remaining on board,' it added.

Earlier, the other 167 passengers were released. The suspect got on board the flight late on Sunday as it was preparing to leave for Halifax, Nova Scotia, authorities said.

Spokeswoman Elizabeth Scotton said there have been no injuries and no passengers are aboard the Boeing 737 at Montego Bay's Sangster International airport. She said the situation is ongoing.

The incident began around 10 p.m. Sunday and the Canjet flight destined for Halifax, Canada, never took off from the airport.

A passenger, Brenda Grenier, called her husband and said a man apparently had sneaked aboard the plane and had taken hostages, CNN reported.

Ms Grenier and her daughter were safe, her husband said by phone from his home in Nova Scotia, Canada, CNN said.

The man is said to have made demands which are not known at this time. Negotiations were under way. --REUTERS, AP

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