Courtesy: Elkhart Truth
GOSHEN A Goshen family survived a terrifying ordeal this week, as they sat on-board a plane that had been hijacked.
Jolene and Darin Schrock were on a plane from Ethiopia, along with their 5-year-old daughter and two friends. They were supposed to be going to Rome, but it wasn't until they landed in Switzerland that they realized what was happening.
The Schrocks tell The Elkhart Truth there were some scary moments about an hour into the flight. The plane jerked back and forth, went into a dive, and oxygen masks fell down.
The copilot had hijacked the plane because he was seeking political asylum in Switzerland. Swiss officials say he locked the pilot out of the cockpit after he went to the bathroom. A passenger says the hijacker threatened to crash the plane if the pilot didn't stop pounding on the locked door, trying to get back into the cockpit.
None of the 200 passengers on board the plane was hurt, and the hijacker was arrested upon landing. He will be charged with taking hostages, a crime punishable by up to 20 years Swiss authorities say the hijacker is more likely to get prison time than asylum.
The Schrocks frequently visit Ethiopia to monitor the Bright Future Academy, which they opened in a slum community called Kechene. They say this experience will not inhibit their future travel plans.