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Man creates disturbance on Russian flight, is arrested

By Maxim Tkachenko, CNN
  • A man on a Russian airliner creates a disturbance
  • The man is arrested after the plane landed in Moscow
  • Officials say the man was not armed, there were no injuries

Moscow, Russia (CNN) -- A man created a disturbance on a Russian airliner Thursday before it landed at Moscow's Domodedovo airport, according to authorities.

Officials said the man was not armed. There were no injuries

Moscow's Domodedovo Airport spokeswoman Elena Galanova told CNN that during the flight a passenger attempted to take over the plane and "laid demands to the crew -- that he wants to speak to the airport executives and the press upon the plane's arrival.

"The crew sent a radio message about it to ground control," Galanova said. "The plane safely landed at the airport, and a rescue operation was carried out by the airport services, the federal security service and transport police. The operation was carried out very fast, and no passengers were hurt."

The prosecutor's office has now brought criminal charges against the man on grounds of "illegal deprivation of liberty."

The airliner, which belongs to the Kavminvodyavia airline, arrived from Mineralniye Vody, a city in Russia's North Caucasus.

The seizure of the plane, which had 105 people on board, happened at 3:45 p.m. (8:45 a.m. ET) and ended about 6:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. ET), according to the prosecutor's office.