Incident Summary:

01/05/2011: On Wednesday, in Oslo city, Oslo, Norway, a Turkish national stormed the cockpit of a Turkish Airlines plane less than one hour before its arrival in Istanbul, Turkey, and demanded that the aircraft return to Oslo, Norway, while waving what he claimed to be an explosive device. However, passengers overpowered the hijacker and the aircraft landed safely in Istanbul. The man was taken into custody by security forces. The explosive device claim was discovered to be false. No casualties or damages were reported and no group has claimed responsibility for the attempted hijacking.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The plane departed from Oslo Airport.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Turkish Airlines
Specific Description A Turkish Airlines airplane
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Fake Weapons
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Turkish radicals No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Jane's Intelligence, "Passengers Foil Attempt to Hijack Flight to Turkey," Terrorism Watch Report, Al-Jazeera, January 6, 2011.
Right Vision News, "Turker: Turkish Police Thwart Hijack Attempt," LexisNexis Academic, Right Vision News, January 8, 2011.
Daily Telegraph, "Hijacking Bid Foiled," LexisNexis Academic, Daily Telegraph, January 7, 2011.