Man on Turkish Flight Subdued after Bomb Threat

Police detain a Turkish national, identified as 40-year-old Cuma Yasar, at Ataturk airport late, Jan. 5, 2011, after he claimed to have a bomb during a Turkish Airlines flight from Oslo, Norway to Istanbul, Turkey.
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ISTANBUL - A Turkish Airlines passenger claiming to have a bomb tried to force his way into the cockpit on a flight from Norway to Istanbul on Wednesday, but he was subdued by others and the plane landed safely, Turkish media reported.

There were no injuries.

The man was arrested after Flight 1754 from oslo landed at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport at 9:30 p.m. and police said he did not have any explosives, Anatolia news agency reported.

The agency said he began shouting threats on the flight after putting on a ski mask, and demanded that the plane return to Oslo. However, two passengers were able to restrain him, according to Anatolia. Earlier, it said the man, identified by Anatolia as 40-year-old Cuma Yasar, was subdued by flight attendants.

Anatolia said the man was carrying a card identifying him as a disabled person. No further details on the man and his motive were immediately available.

The Boeing 737-800 was carrying 60 passengers, including a child, and seven crew members.