UPDATED, Monday 8:06am: CBC.ca report: Incident Is Over – Hijacker in Custody, Canadian Crew Released: Jamaican Police
Our original story…
Airliner Crew Held Hostage – Shot Fired – Most Passengers Released
A gunman stormed a Canadian CanJet airliner on the ground at Sangster international Airport in Jamaica and is still holding a number of crew members hostage. The incident started Sunday night around 10 PM local time. News reports say the gunmen forced his way through security and charged the aircraft before authorities could respond. Dozens of passengers were briefly held hostage before being released. Although a shot was fired, there are no reports of injuries in the news stories.
There are conflicting reports that two passengers are still being held with the flight crew.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is coincidentally in Jamaica for a one-day visit.
While the truth is, the situation could probably have happened just about anywhere — it didn’t. It happened in Jamaica, a country with one of the highest murder rates in the world and a gun culture that is even reflected in popular music. If any of our Canadian readers are thinking of a vacation in Jamaica, may we suggest you reconsider that Barbados is a much friendlier and safer vacation place.
For the latest on this story, Google “Jamaica airliner hostage” as we will not be updating this post for a few hours.
Sky News – Gunman Holds 7 Hostage In Jamaica