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Union Air Flight 216 from Chicago to Amsterdam
Although precise details are difficult to obtain, unconfirmed reports suggest that Union Air Flight 216 is now under the control of terrorists, or an unknown group posing as terrorists.
It is thought that they could have gained access to the plane's flight deck by disguising themselves as pilots, forcing their way in using a wooden implement of some kind (see below).
Wood is rarely used for harm, instead being made into benevolent objects such as easels and cradles, and therefore would not have been checked for in standard security procedures.
So is it still safe to fly? Watch the video report for the likely hood. (Video on the right hand side)
Hijacks - the human stories
The human stories of those aboard Union Air flight 216 may seem insignificant in a wider context. But in a different (though equally large) context they help to build a picture of what the atmosphere could be like onboard.
Wood: hidden threats