Aeroflot flight makes emergency landing following passenger incident

An Aeroflot flight has landed safely after a passenger attempted to “divert” the aircraft.

Flight SU1515 had been on route from the Siberian city of Surgut to Moscow before making an emergency landing at Khanty-Mansiysk earlier today.

Reports suggest a drunken passenger had sought to divert the plane to Afghanistan.

“The passenger who attempted to divert the aircraft has been detained,” read a statement from the carrier.

“All of the passengers and crew members on board the aircraft disembarked safely and without injury.”

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Aeroflot said it had dispatched a reserve aircraft to Khanty-Mansiysk so that the passengers could continue their journey to Moscow.

“In response to the growing threat of international terrorism in recent years all Aeroflot employees undergo thorough training on responding to such incidents in order to ensure the safety of passengers,” the airline added.

“Aeroflot’s security service and technical services have been placed on a state of high alert, and all aircraft are undergoing extra checks before take-off.

“The airline asks its passengers for their understanding of the need for enhanced pre-boarding procedures.”

No other Aeroflot flights were affected, the carrier said.