April 20, 2009

Hostage situation develops at Jamaican airport

Per CNN, "An armed man released all passengers but continued to hold five crew members hostage early Monday inside a charter plane at a Jamaican airport, officials said."

Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding flew to the scene at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay to assist in the negotiations, according to CNN. The plane was from a Canadian airline, CanJet.

Jamaican journalists tweeted additional context about the developing story.

  1. Donna Stewart
    JaGirl2dworl (Kingston, Jamaica) @donlemoncnn NO..this cannot be happening here in JA. I hope its resolved quickly because plane hijacking is EXTREMELY rare here. Shocked !
  2. Donna Stewart
    JaGirl2dworl (Kingston, Jamaica) @donlemoncnn The Canadian PM is supposed to be visiting the island. Not sure if there is any relation to this incident.
  3. Donna Stewart
    JaGirl2dworl (Kingston, Jamaica) Speculation on radio about whether the hijacker is Jamaican or a foreigner, but we all can't figure out how he got past security with a gun.
  4. Sarah Manley
    Sarahjah (Jamaica) an eye witness who is on the tarmac right now just told me it is a deportee who had many ids. says he wanted to go back to canada
  5. Mykal Cushnie
    MykalCushnie (Kingston, Jamaica) @oblessa nite im capturing footage so no bed fo me

Others in Jamaica used Twitter to relay information on the incident.

  1. Alwaine Thorpe
    DatMad (Kingston, Jamaica) Terrorist inna jamaica to bludclaaat!!!!! Read di news pon http://datmad.com
  2. Sean Bennett
    thatcoolkidsean (Kingston, Jamaica) UPDATE: Hijacker identified http://tinyurl.com/dnlenv
  3. Rachel Cunning
  4. Marvin G. Hall
    hallsoflearning (Kingston, Jamaica) cnn video here...large up NikkiZ RT @DivaNikkiZ: here is the report... Watch it! http://tinyurl.com/cz2xn6

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