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An Ethiopian government spokesman, Redwan Hussein, told Reuters the flight had made a scheduled stop in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, where he said the hijacker or hijackers might have boarded the flight.
The police spokesman told Kuwait News Agency that authorities "have brought the situation under control," affirming that the hijacker has been arrested, and that medical teams have examined health condition of the passengers.
The hijackers, who belonged to the Red Army Faction, took the JAL plane with 138 people on board to Pyongyang in March 1970 and were granted political asylum in North Korea.
Jurors broke down as they heard passengers bravely trying to force open the cockpit door to overpower the hijackers.
The hijacker is then said to have piloted the plane for a few minutes, before being restrained by other crew members.
United Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers tackled the terrorists, had only four hijackers on board.
On March 12, Yao, appearing as a prosecution witness for the first time at the Tokyo District Court, admitted her involvement in the alleged abduction of Japanese college student Keiko Arimoto, who disappeared in Europe in 1983 when she was 23, and said it was orchestrated by North Korea and the group of hijackers.
Federal officials tell Newsweek that Saudi businessman Mustafa Ahmed, whom they suspect was the financial connection for the hijackers in the Sept.
THE passport thought to be that of one of the suspected hijackers has been discovered near the ruins of the World Trade Centre.
THE names of the 19 hijackers who brought the death and destruction to the US were released yesterday.