Goshen Woman Aboard Hijacked Ethiopian Flight

Published 02/19 2014 10:22PM

Updated 02/20 2014 12:57PM

  A local family recounts their terrifying journey aboard Ethiopian flight 707 that was hijacked earlier this week.

Jolene and Darin Shrock, Goshen, Indiana, were with their five-year-old daughter Monday when their flight was redirected from Rome, Italy to Geneva Switzerland. 

The Shrock’s have adopted three children from Ethiopia and they even opened up a school in one of the countries poorest slums. 

Shrock says the trip was incredible, primarily because it was their daughter Claire’s first trip to Ethiopia since being adopted.  However, their journey back to their Goshen, Indiana home didn’t go as planned. 

About 90 minutes into the flight, Shrock says the plane started to shake and the flight attendant frantically shouted, “Get your masks on, get your masks on. Everyone sit down!”

Police say the pilot left the cockpit and went to the bathroom, when the co-pilot locked himself in the cockpit and took control.  The plane was now loosing altitude and Shrock knew something was wrong--that’s when her mind started racing. 

“I was envisioning our funerals and what that might look like I knew that heaven was where I was going so that gave me great peace,” said Shrock. 

Police say the co-pilot hijacked the plane because he was seeking asylum from his country.  The pilot was arrested and Jolene returned home safely to her family late Tuesday. 

“To see my children play together again and snuggling with them, it's more than I could have ever hoped for or ever imagined it's just a blessing to be alive,” said Shrock.  


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