Mexican Federal Police rescue crew of hijacked planePosted: Updated:
The hijacked Aeromexico flight from Cancun landed in Mexico City with 104 passengers onboard. Federal police boarded the flight and removed 9 the suspects and rescued the crew. The hijackers had released the passengers shortly after landing.
One of those passengers speaking to Televisa in Mexico City described one of the hijackers as well dressed and heavy set. Another said he saw the man holding a bible.
According to Mexico's Public Security Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna, quoted in Mexico's El Universal newspaper, the man behind the hijacking is a pastor from Bolivia who says "divine revelation" caused him to hijack the plane. The date 9/9/09 was the trigger since upside down it's 666. Further, Garcia Luna says the Pastor named José Marc Flores Pereira is an ex-con with a drug and alcohol addiction problem.
The passengers told various media they did not realize there was a problem until they were on the ground and saw heavily armed police had surrounded the plane. The crew and all the passengers are now safe. No shots were fired. Mexican authorities say the suspects did not have explosives and never had access to the cockpit. Nine men are in custody. Their role in the hijacking is not clear yet.