September 9: Flight 576, a Boeing 737-800 operated by AeroMexico from Cancun to Mexico City was hijacked shortly before landing when the crew received a bomb threat from onboard passengers.
Once in a secure area at Mexico City Airport, all passengers were quickly released by a small group of hijackers before Police entered the aircraft and arrested eight men without any shots being fired. The airline spokesperson said: “Thanks to the expertise of the crew who acted with sensitivity, responsibility and strict adherence to the airline’s procedures manual, passengers were unaware of the incident until after landing.”
It is believed the hijackers were Bolivian nationals and their motive is uncertain, reported the Associated Press. One of the hijackers claimed a bomb was on board, but none was found by the authorities and at no time did they gain entry the pilots’ cockpit. The report says one of the Bolivians “wanted to warn Mexican President Felipe Calderon of an impending earthquake” after “receiving a divine revelation.”