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    Jamaican police end airliner hostage siege

    Police in Jamaica captured an armed man who had barged onto a passenger jet at an airport, robbed passengers and held six crew members hostage Monday, Jamaica Information Minister Daryl Vaz said.
    A hostage-taker commandeered a CanJet flight at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

    A hostage-taker commandeered a CanJet flight at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

    The crew members were not harmed, Vaz said.

    The hijacker, described as a "mentally challenged" man in his 20s, demanded passage to Cuba.

    The CanJet flight from Halifax, Canada, had made a scheduled landing at Sangster International Airport in the Jamaican resort city of Montego Bay and was scheduled to continue on to Santa Clara, Cuba.

    "The hijacking is that from a mentally challenged youngster and not anything that would be of concern in terms of an international incident," Vaz said.

    The gunman released all passengers and two crew members after boarding the plane late Sunday.

    CanJet Airlines flight 918 was carrying 174 passengers and eight crew members, said Kent Woodside, the airline's vice president. All the passengers were Canadian, he said.

    The gunman fired a shot in the boarding bridge as he entered, Woodside said. No one was hit.

    He then took an undisclosed number of passengers and crew members hostage before releasing them, said Elizabeth Scotton, a spokeswoman for the company that manages the airport.

    Two of the six crew members who remained inside the plane Monday locked themselves in the cockpit, Vaz said.

    The suspect's father and Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who flew in by helicopter, were among those who negotiated with the gunman before his capture. The country's minister of national security also was at hand.

    The released passengers were taken to a hotel and the airport was shut down for a time, Vaz said.

    Christian Gosselin, a passenger on the flight, told his father that the gunman demanded cash from the plane's occupants. Vaz confirmed the account.

    "The guy wanted to have all their money," said Gosselin's father, Alphonse. "He [my son]) told his girlfriend to take all the money and just take her passport and credit card and put it in her back pocket."

    Christian Gosselin was part of a 25-person wedding party headed to Cuba. He and his girlfriend were released by the hostage-taker, and they spoke to his father in New Brunswick, Canada, while waiting for another flight.

    "I didn't ask them too many questions; I was more concerned for their safety," the father said. "They were a bit shaken up. It was quite an experience."
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    Another passenger, Brenda Grenier, called her husband and said the man apparently got aboard the plane as airport workers were loading bags.

    Grenier and her daughter were safe, her husband said by phone from his home in Nova Scotia, Canada.


    -- CNN's Joyce Joseph, Janet DiGiacomo, Jessica Jordan and Saeed Ahmed contributed to this report.

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    I'll say he was mentally challenged, the airliner was going to Cuba anyway. Now if he was trying to ride for free, I might be able to understand.

    The hijacker, described as a "mentally challenged" man in his 20s, demanded passage to Cuba.

    The CanJet flight from Halifax, Canada, had made a scheduled landing at Sangster International Airport in the Jamaican resort city of Montego Bay and was scheduled to continue on to Santa Clara, Cuba.


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