20 Apr 2009

Gunman holding hostages on plane in Jamaica

10:29 pm on 20 April 2009

All of the 180 passengers on board a Canadian charter plane being held hostage in Jamaica have been released.

But five crew members are understood to still be aboard the Boeing 737 plane, which is still on the tarmac at Sangster Airport in Montego Bay, in Jamaica.

The gunman reportedly checked in for the flight, then forced his way past security. He boarded the plane, brandishing a firearm, as it was preparing to take off at around 2230pm on Sunday local time.

He is said to have robbed passengers, most of whom were released after half an hour. A shot was reportedly fired but no-one was hit.

It is not clear what his demands are or which country he is trying to get to.

Police and security services have cordoned off the airport and surrounded the plane.