Around 10:20 local time in Jamaica, an airplane was taken hostage by a man who sneaked onto the plane. There have been conflicting reports that one person has been killed. The CanJet plane, which was headed to Halifax, Canada, is still at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.
Update: 167 passengers have been released, 7 people are still on the plane. No one has been shot, although a shot was fired. The 7 people include the pilot, 4 flight attendants, and 2 passengers.
Jamaica Radio is reporting the man’s intention was to rob the passengers aboard the plane.
2nd Update: The two passengers on board a hijacked plane in Jamaica have been released, 5 crew still on board. The airport is on lockdown.
3rd Update: The man holding five crew members hostage has demanded passage to Cuba, according to CNN.
4th Update: Jamaican Information Minister on CNN says hijacker is a mentally challenged young man in his early 20s. His father is on the scene to help authorities.
5th Update: Jamaican government officials say the hijacker has surrendered. No crew or passengers were hurt during the eight hour stand off. News reports say the hijacker had demanded to be flown to Cuba, but a CTV interview with a passenger who was released from the plane says that the hijacker asked to be taken to the United States. The woman said that the passengers gave the gunman money in exchange for their release. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.
Final Update: The hijacker has surrendered, all are reportedly safe.