The pilot signaled the hijacking attempt. An F16 military jet escorted the plane from Kharkiv, Ukraine and finally the commercial flight landed safely at the Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport. During the flight, the hijacker who was reportedly carrying a detonator was made to believe the plane was heading to Sochi, as he asked. After landing, the plane was towed away to a safe distance. Turkey’s authorities have detained the hijacker. The anti-terrorist commandos and armed police searched all passengers for explosives at the Turkish airport. The Turkish Transportation Ministry Habip Soluk communicated to the media that the Ukrainian said the bomb was in the baggage hold. Some information cited by the Ukrainian Security Service credited the fact that the arrested Ukrainian passenger was in a state of severe alcohol intoxication. No weapons or explosives were found on him according to the same source.
The Opening Ceremony for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi continued unaffected , before 40,000 spectators at the new Fisht Stadium in Sochi.