Air Mauritania 737 that was hijacked in the northwest African country last week (ATWOnline, Feb. 16) escaped harm in Las Palmas thanks to a quick-thinking pilot who braked hard then accelerated quickly on landing, knocking the hijacker down and giving flight attendants time to throw boiling water on his face. Passengers then helped subdue him, Spanish officials told the Associated Press. The armed hijacker reportedly demanded to be flown to France, where he hoped to seek political asylum. ...

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