Russian special forces quickly overpowered a man after he briefly seized a plane with 105 passengers and crew at a Moscow airport on Thursday, officials said.
The plane, which departed from the southern Russian city of Mineralniye Vody, was landing at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport when a 30-year-old passenger handed a note to a crew member demanding a meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, according to a statement by federal investigators, The Associated Press reports.
An airport spokeswoman told local media that the Russian Interior Ministry's department for security on transport had detained the hijacker in the course of a special operation.
Even as the aircraft was all set to land, the hijacker is said to have repeatedly requested the crew for a meeting with law enforcement officials and media persons.
Security men disguised as doctors entered the aircraft on the pretext of providing medical aid to one of the passengers who had fallen sick and secured the aircraft's release after overpowering the hijacker, RTT News informs.