The prime minister particularly appreciated the temperament of the pilots and crew for their temperament during that episode saying their plan to upset the hijack
attempt was "extraordinary' keeping their head cool.
The former European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism & Youth for Cyprus, Androulla Vassiliou also tweeted about the hijack
and said that 82 people were on board the plane.
In November 2010, Iranian security forces foiled an attempted hijack
of a plane bound for the Syrian capital, Damascus.
"A ship carrying thousands of tons of goods to Iran was attacked and hijacked
on March 26.
A man who hijacked
a Turkish Airlines flight on Tuesday was unarmed, working alone and threatened to blow himself up if the pilot did not divert the flight to Italy, Italian Interior Minister Giuliano Amato said.
Police believe their lorry was hijacked
outside Cheshire and driven to Warrington by a gang.
in February 2000 resulted in a three-day stand-off at Stansted - and their trial was told the men threatened to murder passengers and crew following detours to Kazakhstan and Moscow.
Saudi airlines flight 450 left for Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, at 9.15am BST and the hijack
attempt was 22 minutes after take-off.
The apparent hijack
attempt comes just days before the first anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington which killed about 3,000 people.
Local newspapers reported Friday that the letter sent from Chennai in southern India and received by a board of airline representatives here said that men under the control of Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden entered Nepal planning to hijack
is the latest in a series of similar outrages:
African Business Aviation Correspondent, Paul Michaud discloses that a second hijack
had been on the same day as the Air France hijack
of last December.