Urals: airplane hijacker scared pilots with involvement in September 11 attacks

Urals: airplane hijacker scared pilots with involvement in September 11 attacks
Pavel Shapovalov in court. Photo: Arthur Borisov / RIA Novosti

The court took Shapovalov, who wanted to fly to Afghanistan, in custody for two months.

Pavel Shapovalov, who hijacked Aeroflot’s Boeing in Surgut and was later detained in Khanty-Mansiysk scared the plane’s crew with his involvement in the September 11 attacks in the United States. By doing so, Shapovalov allegedly wanted to force the pilots to turn the aircraft towards Afghanistan, RIA Novosti reported.

“A flight attendant of the Surgut - Moscow flight said that Shapovalov told he had been involved in the September 11 attacks, asking to change the course to Afghanistan,” the judge read an excerpt from the criminal case file.

Khanty-Mansiysk District Court took Shapovalov into custody for two months. The defendant pleaded innocent and could not explain the reason for capturing the plane. His lawyer intends to appeal the ruling on custody. Results of the medical examination showed that the defendant neither drank alcohol before committing the crime nor did he take drugs. Now the accused is waiting for psychiatrists’ check.

According to Kommersant, in 2012, in Surgut, Shapovalov was convicted for smashing four glass panes in his relative's house using wooden bars.

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