news.com.auA PEGASUS Airlines plane landed at an Istanbul airport overnight after a passenger "said that there was a bomb on board" and wanted the plane to land in Sochi, Russia.
"While the plane was in the air, one of the passengers said that there was a bomb on board and asked the plane to not land in Sabiha Gokcen (in Turkey) but rather to land in Sochi," Turkish Transportation Ministry official Habip Soluk told on CNNTurk.
The official said the plane from Kharkov, Ukraine, to Istanbul, landed safely on Friday and was parked in a "safe area" at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport where it is being searched.
Mr Soluk confirmed that a bomb threat said authorities are trying to convince the passenger to give himself up.
All 110 passengers are still onboard the plane.
Media reports say the man tried to gain access to the cockpit but was unsuccessful. He was carrying a detonator. Those reports said he was a Ukrainian man.
The pilot managed to sound a hijack alert and an F-16 Turkish military jet was scrambled, forcing the plane to land in Istanb