Plane diverted due to Sochi bomb threat

**Note: CNN has not independently confirmed that the man in the hockey jersey is in fact the hijacking suspect. Cihan News Agency said passengers identified the man as the suspect.**Caption: A still image from inside a Pegasus Airlines jet during an attempted hijacking Friday, February 7, 2014. The image shows what Cihan News Agency of Turkey said is the alleged hijacker. The alleged suspect is the man standing in a numbered-11 sports jersey with empty seats around him and two people in uniform. (Cihan News Agency)
Turkey Hijack Incident (Cihan News Agency)
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Updated: 2/07 1:20 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- An official says authorities have subdued a man who attempted to hijack a Turkish plane to Sochi, Russia, and that the other passengers have been evacuated.

Huseyin Avni Mutlu, the Istanbul governor, says on Twitter that "the operation has ended."

In another tweet Friday, he said all passengers were evacuated "without any problems."

An F-16 fighter plane was scrambled as soon as the pilot signaled there was a hijacking attempt and escorted the plane safely to Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport, according to NTV television.

The news broke as athletes from nations around the world poured into the stadium for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, raising fears about security.
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renomommy - 2/7/2014 1:47 PM
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Yeah, that's the way to start the Olympics. Get our athletes and their families out of there. Russia, really?
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