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World IN BRIEF : SOVIET UNION : Hijack Attempt Ends in Leningrad

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A Soviet hijacker surrendered in Leningrad after seizing an Aeroflot airliner and demanding to be flown to Sweden. The Finnish news agency STT said the Soviet Novosti news agency identified the hijacker as German Gerasimov, a 23-year-old Leningrader. The Tupolev TU-154 was on a flight from Murmansk in the Soviet Arctic to Leningrad when the man commandeered it and ordered the pilot to fly to Stockholm, Finnish air traffic controllers said. The plane flew west but veered south before reaching Finnish airspace and landed in Leningrad. Soviet officials later said the hijacker had surrendered and that none of the 120 passengers or crew was hurt.


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