Passenger plane lands in Siberian city after would-be hijacker demands plane fly to Afghanistan

An Aeroflot flight from the Siberian city of Surgut to Moscow was forced to land some 240km short of its destination after a would-be hijacker reportedly demanded to diverted the plane to Afghanistan.

A flight tracking website showed a jet that had been headed toward Moscow from Surgut, 2,150 kilometers northeast of the capital, had turned around and was flying in roughly the opposite direction.

Flight SU1515 has landed in the city of Khanty-Mansiysk, Aeroflot has confirmed. The would-be hijacker has reportedly been detained.

Sources say the plane landed after the crew convinced the hijacker that the plane requires refueling.

The would-be hijacker could be mentally unstable, and has been detained multiple times before for drunken disorderly behavior, a source has told Interfax news agency.

At least 10 police squads were dispatched to the airport, according to a RIA Novosti reporter at the scene.