Alleged Sochi plane hijacker wore Habs jersey

A man who attempted to hijack an airliner from Ukraine is escorted by police after the plane was...

A man who attempted to hijack an airliner from Ukraine is escorted by police after the plane was forced down on Febuary 7, 2014 at Sabiha Goksen airport in Istanbul. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

Marie-Eve Dumont, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:41 PM ET

MONTREAL -- The Ukrainian man who tried to hijack a Boeing 747 and reroute it to Sochi, Russia was wearing a counterfeit Montreal Canadiens jersey while trying to commit the crime.

Artem Hozlov, 45, boarded the Pegasus Airlines flight in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Friday. While in the air and en route to Istanbul, Hozlov unsuccessfully tried to breach the cockpit, yelling "go to Sochi."

Videos and pictures from the scene show Hozlov wearing a counterfeit white Montreal Canadiens jersey with the number eleven and the name Koivu on the back. Saku Koivu played with the Canadiens from 1995-2009. The jersey was obviously a fake, featuring red numbers on the arms and back of the jersey. Those numbers are normally blue.

At the same time the mid-air drama was unfolding, the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics was underway.

The plane landed in Istanbul, and Hozlov was arrested. Police say he had no bombs or weapons on him.


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