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Jamaica: Hijacker identified

Published:Monday | April 20, 2009 | 1:55 AM

Janet Silvera

Senior Gleaner Writer

The gunman who hijacked the chartered Canadian-bound CanJet flight at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James earlier tonight has now released all 174 passengers and two crew members that he had held hostage.

But the six other crew members are still aboard being held at gunpoint.

Meanwhile, the hijacker has been identified as a man believed to be in his 20s from a Montego Bay community. His name is being withheld

Shots were fired aboard the aircraft, but no one was injured.

Meanwhile, a large contingent of army and police personnel is on location at this hour.

The Prime Minister, Bruce Golding and the national security minister, Senator Dwight Nelson, are location.

The incident happened sometime after 11 p.m. when the gunman, reportedly used fake identification cards to gain access through the staff entrance.

The flight which was returning to Canada, was intended to make a stop in Cuba.

The gunman is said to have proceeded to rob passengers who were kept hostage for approximately half an hour before they were eventually released.

The hijack happens the same day Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper landed in Jamaica for a two-day official visit.

Up to news time the crew was still being held at gunpoint on the plane.


- Sangster International Airport (MBJ) is the leading tourism gateway to Jamaica.

- The airport is located in Jamaica\'s tourist capital

- The is located on the northwest coast of the island

- The airport is within easy driving distance of the cruise ports at Montego Bay and Ocho Rios as well as the popular tourist town of Negril.

- A total of 17 airlines having an active presence at the airport.

Source: MBJ Airports Ltd.