Just as the Russians were walking into the stadium for the opening ceremony news broke that a Ukrainian jet was forced to land in Turkey (by F-16 fighter jets!) after a passenger on-board claimed to have a bomb and ordered the plane head toward Sochi.
A Ukrainian passenger is believed to have demanded that the plane be diverted to Sochi, where the Winter Olympics are taking place, and said there was a bomb on board, the unconfirmed reports said.
That’s the latest. Has all the makings of a crazy passenger who didn’t actually have a bomb. But we’ll keep you updated.
Attempted hijacker wanted flight to go to sochi, crew turned off inflight monitors, flew to istanbul. Turkish official
— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) February 7, 2014
Of course, the most terrifying thing this hour at the opening ceremony is the Olympic mascots: