2002 News Story

Saudi aircraft hijacking ends without incident

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAA) issued a statement today that at 11 a.m. local time on Tuesday, October 15, 2002, security personnel on board SAA Flight 450 took into custody an armed hijacker. The gunman, a Saudi national, tried to take over the passenger aircraft while it was on a regular flight from Khartoum in the Sudan to King Abdulaziz international airport in Jeddah. The aircraft returned to Khartoum airport, where it landed safely at 11:25, and the 185 passengers and 19 crew were evacuated without incident. The hijacker, who was later disclosed to be 30-year-old Adel Nasir Ahmad Faraj, was handed over to Sudanese security authorities, who are now investigating the incident. Preparations are underway to allow the passengers to continue their flight.