Passengers freed from hijacked Mexican plane; 5 in custody

MEXICO CITY (AP) - In a very quick turn of events, Mexican officials report passengers have been freed from the hijacked airplane in Mexico City. The say five suspects are in custody.

Passengers are saying they did not know anything was going on.

The flight was a domestic flight  from Cancun to Mexico City.

A U.S. official says American, French, and Mexican citizens were among the passengers aboard a hijacked plane in Mexico.

The U.S. official briefed on the matter says preliminary reports also indicate up to eight people were arrested in the incident. The official was not authorized to discuss the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official says the plane held 112 passengers and crew.

Television images showed police leading at least five men from the plane in handcuffs. Mexican news media reported the hijackers were Bolivian citizens demanding to speak with Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

Mexican Transportation and Communications Secretary Juan Molinar said all passengers and crew were safe.

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