Air Mauritanie hijack reportedly ends with arrest in the Canary Islands

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A hijacking of an Air Mauritanie Boeing 737 has reportedly ended with the arrest of one man at a military airfield in Spain’s Canary Islands.

Several local reports say the aircraft was hijacked soon after a late afternoon takeoff from the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott.

The incident ended in Las Palmas, where the man is reportedly being held by police. There were eight crew and 70 passengers onboard, according to several news sources.

No other details are currently available. The airline was not available for comment.

According to Flight’s database ACAS, the airline currently operates two 737-700s leased from International Lease Finance (ILFC).