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Jamaica: Gunman releases passengers, keeps crew hostage

Last updated on: April 20, 2009 15:31 IST

A gunman took 180 passengers on board a plane hostage at a Jamaican airport late on Sunday evening, but released all its passengers unharmed later, according to a CNN report.

However, five crew members of the Canadian plane were still being held as hostages, airline officials said.

A spokeswoman for the airport told CNN that the hostage crisis

took place while a CanJet flight was taking off from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay to Halifax, Canada.


man reportedly entered the airport using a fake identity card and then sneaked onto the flight.


Jamaican police said that they were waiting for more information about the crisis. Security personnel have been deployed at the airport.