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Police Capture CanJet Hijacker In Jamaica

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Apr 20, 2009 9:23 am US/Eastern
Police Capture CanJet Hijacker In Jamaica
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) ―

Police say a gunman who hijacked a plane in Jamaica has been captured after an eight-hour standoff with police.

Police spokeswoman Camille Tracey says authorities disarmed the young man whom authorities described as "mentally challenged."

Authorities say the 20-year-old Jamaican forced his way past security check points and seized the CanJet Airlines plane late Sunday night. He quickly released all the passengers and two crew members, but six crew members were held at gunpoint hours longer.

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Update: Gunman of hijacked airliner in Jamaica now in custody
April 20, 7:15 AM

The hijacked CanJet 737 sits at Montego Bay Sangster International Airport in Jamaica as the crew remain held in a hostage situation that began late Sunday night. (AP Photo/Patricia Roxborought)

A gunman that hijacked a Boeing 737 belonging to Canadian charter airline Canjet is now in custody, according to officials on the small Caribbean island nation. According to the Information Minister, the plane was held by the 20 year old man that is being described as “mentally challenged”. The man’s father arrived at the airport to assist in negotiations, and would not detail his son’s mental condition.

The plane had made a scheduled stop in Montego Bay after operating CanJet flight 918 from Halifax on behalf of Transat Tours Canada. 182 passengers and crew had been on the flight from Halifax, and all passengers and two crewmembers have been released, but three crewmembers remain on board with the gunman. The airline has set up a toll free number for relatives and family concerned about crewmembers and passengers who were aboard the flight. It has been reported the gunman is demanding to be taken to Cuba.

The situation began around 10PM on Sunday evening, a spokesperson for Montego Bay Sangster International Airport said. Both CanJet and Jamaican officials have indicated a full security operation is underway.

By apparent coincidence, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Jamaica on a short official visit. Awakened with the news, he was monitoring the situation and remains concerned for the well-being of those involved, his office said in a statement.

The aircraft had been in the early stages of boaring when the hijacking occurred. The plane had been scheduled to continue onward to Santa Maria, Cuba, before returning to Canada Monday. RCMP and Canadian High Commission officers arrived on scene in the early hours of Monday morning to assist the needs of the all-Canadian passenger and crew compliment. Canjet has sent a replacement aircraft to transport the passengers home after their ordeal.

CanJet is a charter airline based in Halifax. Founded in 1999 to fly scheduled service, the airline has operated on a charter-only basis since 2006. The airline operates a fleet of seven Boeing 737 aircraft on services to leisure destinations, mostly in the Caribbean.

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Transat confirms customers have been freed following a hostage-taking in Jamaica
Monday April 20, 2009, 10:55 am EDT

MONTREAL, April 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Transat confirms that its customers, as well as the crew aboard CanJet Flight 918, have been freed after being involved in a hostage-taking that began on April 19 at 11:30 p.m. ADT on the tarmac at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. All passengers and crew are safe and sound and no one was injured during the operation.

CanJet Flight 918 was en route from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Montego Bay and Santa Clara, Cuba.

Passengers' families and friends can obtain information by calling the CanJet information line at 1-888-777-6429. Passengers will have access to psychological support services.

Transat is currently taking the necessary measures for passengers to be able to continue their trip.

All Transat and Transat Holidays operations in and out Halifax and Montego Bay are continuing as normal.

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Montego Bay hijacker disarmed
Monday, April 20, 2009

THE gunman who last night hijacked a CanJet charter flight with 159 passengers and eight crew members on board at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay was disarmed by security forces who stormed the plane.

Minister of Information Daryl Vaz named the "mentally challenged" hijacker as 20-year-old Stephen Fray from Montego Bay.

CanJet flight number 918 was destined for Halifax, Canada, with a scheduled stop in Santa Clara, Cuba.

Early this morning, police reported that the gunman released all passengers and two members of the crew shortly after staging the hijack.

"The aircraft has been isolated and the airport will continue normal operations," the police said, adding that no member of the aircraft's crew or any passengers have been hurt.

A news release from the police at approximately 3:45 am said that the they have debriefed all the passengers who have been placed in local hotels.

"Following their debriefing, the passengers were addressed by Prime Minister Bruce Golding who assured them that everything possible was being done to enable them to return home as early as possible," the police said.

Last night, airport sources said the man showed airport personnel a gun when they tried to prevent him from entering a restricted area.

The hijack took place at approximately 10:20 pm, just about the same time that Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston (over 130 miles south-east of Montego Bay) on a two-day working visit during which he will address a special session of Parliament this afternoon.

It was not clear up to press time what demands the hijacker had made, however, CNN last night reported on its website that Christen Gosslin, a passenger on the flight, told his father that the gunman demanded cash from the passengers.

"The guy wanted to have all their money," said Gosslin's father, Alphonse. "He (my son) told his girlfriend to take all the money and just take her passport and credit card and put it in her back pocket," the CNN report said.

The network reported that Gosslin, who was part of a 25-person wedding party, spoke to his father in New Brunswick, Canada, while waiting for another flight.

"I didn't ask them too many questions; I was more concerned for their safety," CNN reported the father as saying. "They were a bit shaken up. It was quite an experience."

CNN also reported that another passenger, Brenda Grenier, called her husband in Nova Scotia, Canada and said a man had apparently sneaked aboard the plane while airport workers were loading bags.

The incident has turned the spotlight on security at the airport which was privatised late 2002 to an international consortium led by Canadian Vancouver Airports Services, which, under a 30-year concession, operates as MBJ Airports Ltd.

At the time of the privatisation, the Jamaican Government had projected to spend US$127 million on the Sangster development project which is scheduled to run up to 2022.

Sangster is one of the largest, busiest and most modern airports in the Caribbean.

CanJet Airlines, a division of IMP Group Limited in Halifax, Nova Scotia - one of Canada's largest aviation and aerospace companies - was established in 1999 and started operations on September 5, 2000. It was merged with Canada 3000 in May 2001 shortly before that firm went into bankruptcy.

The airline was successfully relaunched on June 20, 2002 as an independent carrier and quickly expanded, offering full-service charters.

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From Travel Weekly

Hijacker of CanJet plane captured in Jamaica
By: Gay Nagle Myers
April 20, 2009

Seven hours after hijacking a CanJet aircraft on the tarmac at Sangster Airport in Montego Bay, a gunman released his hostages and surrendered to Jamaican police Monday morning.

The Canadian charter airline was bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a scheduled stop in Santa Clara, Cuba.

None of the six crew members or the 159 passengers onboard at the time of the hijacking was harmed, although some passengers reported that the hijacker took money from them.

Members of the Jamaican Defense Force Counter Terrorism Operations Group stormed the cabin, disarmed the gunman identified as Stephen Fray of Montego Bay, 23, and rescued the hostages without any injuries, according to a statement from the Jamaican government.

Fray, who was described as having "mental challenges" by Information Minister Daryl Vaz, forced his way through security checkpoints at the airport on Sunday night and boarded the flight as it was preparing to depart. He demanded to be flown to Cuba.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding immediately ordered an investigation into what he called "an obvious security breakdown at the airport."

Kent Woodside, vice president and general manager of CanJet, said the airline would work with Jamaican officials to determine how the gunman was able to breach security checkpoints.

Sangster Airport was closed during the hijacking and reopened Monday morning, according to Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett. The airport operator reported that all flights are on time.

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ps: Sangster Airport - including the security - is run by the CANADIAN airport management company YVR!!!

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http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/ ... lead3.html

Armed cops posted at Montego Bay airport
Published: Thursday | May 21, 2009

WESTERN BUREAU:

In response to the attempted takeover of an aeroplane at the Sangster International Airport on April 19, the Ministry of National Security has posted uniformed armed police officers between the screening and aircraft facilities, MBJ Airports Limited says.

Addressing stakeholders during an airport forum at the facility yesterday, Sangster's Chief Operations Officer Vincent Miller told the gathering that uniformed police officers were just one of the many components that have been put in place to beef up security in the airport.

"Through technology and communication we now have instant notification to the police within seconds, if there is an incident," Miller told The Gleaner.

The new system is above the internationally required standard, which sees police response to emergencies set at five minutes.

According to Miller, some of the additional measures were put in place 24 hours after the incident in which 22-year-old Stephen Fray reportedly brandished a gun and forced his way past unarmed port security officers.

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Airport security beefed up
Published on: 5/22/2009.

KINGSTON - In response to the attempted takeover of an aeroplane at the Sangster International Airport on April 19, the Ministry of National Security has posted uniformed armed police officers between the screening and aircraft facilities, MBJ Airports Limited says.

Addressing stakeholders during an airport forum at the facility on Wednesday, Sangster's Chief Operations Officer Vincent Miller told the gathering: "Through technology and communication we now have instant notification to the police within seconds if there is an incident." (Jamaica Gleaner)

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Re: Police Capture CanJet Hijacker In Jamaica

Unread post by bimjim » Fri May 22, 2009

Hmmm... will it take another "enemy action" at Manley in Kingston for them to announce similar measures put in place there too?

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