Jamaican police end airliner hostage siege

| 20/04/2009

(CNN): Police in Jamaica have captured an armed man who had barged onto a passenger jet at an airport, robbed passengers and held six crew members hostage Monday, Jamaica Information Minister Daryl Vaz said.  The gunman, described by Vaz as "mentally challenged," seized the Boeing 737 late Sunday at Sangster International Airport in the resort city of Montego Bay and demanded passage to Cuba. (Photo: Jamaica Observer)


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  1. Anonymous says:

    I don’t see the relevance as to whether or not this man was mentally-challenged, that fact is he was able to move himself and a loaded gun past security personnel and multi-million dollar security equipment and procedures.  A plane full of people I’m sure will be having a nightmare or two of the intruder shooting his gun as he entered the plane.  Obviously something went terribly wrong, and unless a full accounting of the events is publicised and the steps taken to rectify the situation are aired publicly, this matter will be seen as a negative for Jamaica.

  2. Twyla M Vargas says:

    Re:  Twyla do you have to be so negative.

    Rosie,   Ooops!!!!! sorry if it was family.


  3. Rosie says:

    Twyla, do you have to be so negative?.

    We should all be very concerned, cos if I remember clearly there was  a foiled attempt at the Roberts Airport where a "mentally challenged" guy was apprehended, trying to get a plane to go to Obama’s inauguration. Or am I to believe in your capacity as Psychiatrist that he also "had to be a very sane person"

    I’m just glad it ended ok for the persons involved, but unfortunatley not so well for Jamaica’s image. Truth is goes to show it can happen anywhere!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    This had to be a sane person? Really? Let’s even forget he was described as "mentally challenged"…I think one would have to be fairly insane to try to do anything with a gun at an airport and get away with it.

    It would be a irrational thing to be fearful.

    Instead of focusing on the one incident that happened in Jamaica, why wouldn’t you focus on rest of the time that they never had an incident? 

    I’m a lot more worried about those inciting fear and waiting for the chance to say "I told you so."





  5. Twyla M Vargas says:


    This had to be a very sane person, with a well planned job which failed.   Anyway I see this as the begining of things to come.

    CAYMAN ISLANDS, I say dont let your gard down.   We are soft target for this kind of message.