It happened down in New Zealand, according to the AP.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A knife-wielding woman tried to hijack a regional domestic flight in New Zealand Friday, stabbing both pilots and threatening to blow up the twin-propeller plane before she was subdued, police said.
The wounded pilots were able to land the plane safety in Christchurch, causing chaos at the popular tourist city’s airport as police and emergency crews rushed onto the tarmac to arrest the suspect, evacuate the six passengers and search the plane for bombs.
What about the woman? A few paragraphs later the story describes her.
Christchurch police Commander Dave Cliff said the 33-year-old woman, originally from Somalia, attacked the pilots about 10 minutes into the flight from the regional city of Blenheim, 40 miles south of the capital of Wellington, to Christchurch, about 220 miles south of the capital.
Roughly 100% of Somalis are Sunni Muslim, according to the CIA World Factbook. Interesting what the AP decides to leave out of headlines. Maybe that’s why I don’t write for AP, because it would never occur to me that nobody would care if an armed plane hijacker was a Muslim. I would tend to think that fact would go into the headline. In fact, I’d think it would go with the subject of the phrase. Something like this.
Somali Muslim Woman Knifes Pilots in Unsuccessful Hijack Attempt
There. That’s better.