A Kosovo man took a flight attendant hostage on a German
airliner but surrendered to police after a brief standoff,
German media said a 50-year-old flight attendant suffered
cuts after the man put her in a headlock and held a razor
blade to her throat minutes after takeoff from Munich
Other crew rushed to the assistance of the flight attendant
and there was a scuffle, Bild online said. When no one
understood the man's demands, he barricaded himself in a
toilet with the flight attendant. The pilot turned the plane
around and returned to the airport.
All 76 passengers disembarked from the Lufthansa plane, which
had been bound for Budapest. Only the flight attendant,
pilots and the Kosovo man stayed on board.
Police persuaded the 28-year-old, who spoke Albanian, to
surrender with help from a translator. His petition for
asylum had been rejected and he was being sent back to
Budapest, they said. Three flight attendants suffered
injuries, police added.