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Indiana family was aboard hijacked aircraft

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- New information is surfacing about the co-pilot who hijacked his own plane in mid-flight.

Family members say the 31-year-old was distraught over the death of a family member. The co-pilot -- who worked for Ethiopian Airlines for five years -- locked the pilot out of the cockpit and diverted the flight to Geneva, where he was seeking asylum.

An Indiana family was on board and says they knew something was going on when the masks dropped, but they had no idea they were being hijacked.

"Nobody knew what was going on," said Jolene Shrock, one of the passengers. "Nobody had really said anything to us, and so it was just this really unsettling -- like I just kept thinking to myself, 'When is something awful going to happen? When are we going to crash into that mountain?' Because we really didn't know anything."

Prosecutors say the co-pilot will be charged with taking hostages and could face up to 20 years behind bars.

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