The co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767-300ER hijacked the aircraft during a scheduled flight Monday, diverting it to Geneva in an apparent bid to seek asylum.
Flight ET702 from Addis Ababa to Rome was carrying 202 passengers and crew, according to Ethiopian Airlines.
The 31-year-old co-pilot apparently locked the pilot out of the cockpit and diverted the aircraft to Geneva, where it landed safely.
The co-pilot is believed to have alerted authorities that he was flying the aircraft to Switzerland to seek asylum. On arrival, he exited the aircraft via the cockpit window and gave himself up to police. He remains in custody.
Flight tracking showed the flight circling over the Swiss city several times before landing.
Two Italian Eurofighter jets escorted the 767 within Italian Airspace
Geneva airport was closed for a short period, and local reports said that the affected passengers remained calm throughout the event.
In November, a LAM Mozambique Embraer E-190 crashed in Namibia, killing all onboard. A preliminary accident investigation said there was no evidence of mechanical failure and it looked as if the pilot deliberately crashed the aircraft after locking the co-pilot out of the cockpit.