RMS comments in wake of Turkish Airline hijack attempt

Airplane passengers are "almost certain" to jump on a would-be hijacker should one manage to board a plane, according to Risk Management Solutions.

Security sources confirmed today that passengers on a Turkish Airlines jet overpowered a man who tried to hijack their flight from Norway to Istanbul.

Turkish media reported that the man tried to force his way into the cockpit, saying he had a bomb, and demanded that the plane return to Oslo, before being subdued by two passengers.

RMS said a lone hijacker only has approximately a one-in-four chance of being stopped before boarding a plane.

Chief architect of the RMS Terrorism Risk Model, Dr Gordon Woo, said: "For a hijacking to be successful, there needs to be around five or more operatives involved to gain entry to the flight deck and repel passenger reaction.

“But there is around a 4-in-5 probability of a conspiracy of this size being interdicted by the intelligence services.”

Woo added: “In the tenth anniversary year of 9/11, hijacking a plane is much tougher than it used to be. It requires a team of operatives, but any sizeable conspiracy has a very good chance of being thwarted by intelligence”.