Co-pilot hijacks Ethiopian plane

GENEVA (AP) - A Swiss official says the co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines plane was the hijacker of the flight.

The official says the co-pilot was seeking asylum in Switzerland, so he took control of the aircraft while the pilot was in the bathroom and locked himself in the cockpit.

The plane landed in Geneva and the suspected hijacker was arrested.

Officials say no one was harmed.

EARLIER:

GENEVA (AP) - Ethiopian Airlines says one of its planes destined for Rome has been "forced to proceed to Geneva."

The airline's website says the flight landed safely and "all passengers and crew are safe." It gives no further details.

Geneva police spokesman Jean-Philippe Brandt confirms that the plane made an unscheduled landing in the Swiss city at 6 a.m. Monday (0500 GMT).

He says authorities are checking the plane. He can't confirm reports that it had been hijacked.

Geneva airport spokesman Bertrand Staempfli says the airport has been temporarily closed and further details will be released at 9 a.m.

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