It has been a terrifying weekend at Hamburg Airport, as there was an armed hostage situation revolving around a child custody case. Fortunately after 18 hours, the situation has been resolved, and no one was injured.
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Child hostage situation at Hamburg Airport
On Saturday, November 4, 2023, at around 8PM local time, Hamburg Airport announced that it was shutting down, due to a situation involving the police. While details were limited at first, that quickly changed. A 35-year-old man reportedly managed to drive his car (an Audi) onto the apron of the airport.
The man was armed, and parked his car underneath a Turkish Airlines Boeing 737. He not only barricaded himself in the car, but also had a four-year-old child in the car. He fired two shot from his gun, and threw two Molotov cocktails (containers with flammable substances) out of the car.
Special forces, negotiators, and psychologists, were all deployed to the airport, and remained in constant contact with the man. Furthermore, by around 12AM, all passengers stranded on planes due to the situation were able to deplane.
Fortunately there’s finally a positive update. After an 18-hour standoff, the man finally surrendered. He has been arrested, and the child is now in safe hands.
Preliminary reports suggest that the man is of Turkish origin, and that this incident was over a child custody case. The man wanted custody of his child, and was demanding that he be let onto the Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul with his child. The man’s ex-wife (and child’s mother) had apparently contacted police while the man was on the way to the airport with the four-year-old, warning about what was going to happen.
I’m happy to see that this incident has ended without any injuries. I have to say, as far as kidnapping and/or hostage situations go, this seems like one of the more poorly thought out ones. Like, no matter how you slice it, they’re not going to let a guy with a gun onto a flight to a foreign country.
Hamburg Airport remains closed
Hamburg Airport closed last night at around 8PM, and the hostage situation was only resolved around 2PM on Sunday, roughly 18 hours later. Despite that, the airport is still closed as of now. The airport is in contact with the relevant authorities to decide whether to reopen the access roads, terminals, and resume flights.
The airport had nearly 300 flights scheduled for Sunday, and a vast majority of those have now been canceled. Passengers are of course being advised to not even show up at the airport until operations resume.
Hamburg Airport has been closed since Saturday evening, due to an armed hostage situation. An armed man drove onto the airport apron with his four-year-old child, and demanded to be let onto a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul, so that he could have custody of his child. After an 18-hour standoff, the man surrendered to police. The airport remains closed, but I’m sure that will change in the near future.
What do you make of this Hamburg Airport situation?