An American Muslim man of Jordanian descent tried to hijack a German plan and crash it down, screaming “I want to meet Allah.” But, luckily, a group of Eastern Orthodox Christian men from Serbia took him down and beat him up. He first knocked on the door and tried to get inside; when they did not open the door, he began to try to smash it open, screaming, “I want to meet my god (Allah)!” He then threatened to open one of the doors of the plane. The Muslim also said that he wanted to take all of the passengers “to Allah.” The attacker held a US passport and went by the name “Laken.” The plane was a German Lufthansa airliner, flying from Frankfurt to Belgrade. Here is the photo of the Muslim, which we received from our Balkans correspondent:
Two Eastern Orthodox Christians, Alexey Rastvortsev — from Russia — and Milan Mirkovich — from Serbia — who are both handball athletes, took the Muslim down and beat him up. Here are their photos:
According to one report:
Lufthansa crew and passengers overpowered a man who interfered with a cabin door on a Frankfurt-Belgrade flight on Sunday, the German carrier said, insisting the safety of the plane had not been threatened.
“A passenger got up and tried to do something at the door, but was stopped by crew members and other passengers,” said airline spokesman Andreas Bartels.
“The passenger was then restrained for the remainder of the flight in his seat and handed over to the authorities in Belgrade,” he said.
“It was a normal door, which, of course, cannot be opened in-flight… it was not the cockpit door,” he said. “The safety of the flight was not jeopardised and the flight landed safely in Belgrade.”
Bartels declined to provide information on the identity of the passenger or his nationality, or what he said during the incident.
Serbian state-run television reported that police had arrested a Jordanian man after he tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Lufthansa flight.
The man had suddenly gotten up during the flight, banged on the cockpit door, and demanded to be allowed to enter, threatening to open one of the plane’s doors while it was flying over Austria, Serbia’s RTS television reported.
The man, whom Serb press said was called Laken and who had a US passport, had cried out that he wished to join Allah along with all the passengers, RTS said.
He was overpowered by flight crew and members of a Serb handball team, who subdued him until the flight landed in Belgrade, where he was arrested, the report said.
The terrorist never met Allah but will, instead, be meeting a prison cell.