Drunk Icelandic Man Accidentally Tries To Hijack Plane - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Drunk Icelandic Man Accidentally Tries To Hijack Plane

Published August 15, 2019

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A Wizz Air 200-passenger jet had to land in Stavanger, Norway after an Icelandic man tried to enter the cockpit. The man, who was in his 60s, had been drinking and took medication, and reports that he doesn’t remember a thing. It is highly unlikely that he intended to hijack the plane, or even to cause a disturbance. He most likely wanted to give the pilots life advice and Tyrkisk Peber. Either that, or the combination of alcohol and drugs in his system caused him to forget where he was. We’ve all been there. However, protocol states that when a passenger attempts to enter the cockpit, the plane must land.

Passengers were quick to restrain the man as the plane turned around over the North Sea. They landed at Sola just after 10:00. The man, who was beginning to sober up, was arrested and taken to the Stavanger Police Station. No one was injured, and he went quietly. The plane then took off again with the other 199 passengers and headed back to Iceland.

The matter is under investigation.

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