Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Passengers freed after Jamaica hijacking return to Halifax

Some of the passengers freed after the hijacking of a CanJet plane in Jamaica returned to Halifax early Tuesday, describing their terror when a lone gunman forced his way onto the plane at Montego Bay.

"It was terrible," said Brenda Grenier, who was among the 40 passengers who arrived at Halifax Stanfield International Airport at 12:20 a.m. AT on Tuesday. "It was horrifying. The man had a gun and wanted to kill people."

Grenier cried and held her daughter, who had accompanied her on the trip, as she recounted the event. She said the armed man wanted to go to the United States and didn't realize the plane was going to Canada.

Fellow passenger Phoebe Timmins-Porter, who was on the plane with her husband, said the thought running through her mind was simply "we're going to die." She said she got through it by praying, thinking about her children and family in West Bay, N.S., and holding onto her husband.

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