Hailemedehin Abera Tagegn Named as Ethiopian Hijacker Who Tried to Get Asylum in Switzerland

February 17, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Hailemedehin Abera Tagegn has been identified as the co-pilot who hijacked a plane and flew it to Geneva, attempting to get asylum.

Tagegn is an Ethiopian citizen who has been working for the national Ethiopian Airlines for the past five years, the government said.

Redwan Hussein, the minister of the country’s communications office, told the Awramba Times that the co-pilot will be extradited back to Ethiopia.

“So far it is known that he was medically sane, until otherwise is proven through the investigation which is going on right now,” Redwan told reporters in Addis Ababa.

Sources told the Times that the main pilot was an Italian national.

Tagegn took over controls when the pilot went to the bathroom and never relinquished them.

There were 193 passengers on board, none of whom were hurt in the incident.

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