Passengers aboard a Turkish Airlines flight from Oslo to Istanbul overpowered a hijacker who tried to force his way into the cockpit of the plane.

The masked would-be hijacker demanded that the plane return to Norway, telling passengers: “I have a bomb”.

The pilot raised the alarm at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, passengers were swiftly taken off the plane and the man was arrested.

When police came onboard the plane, they found a passenger sitting on top of the hijacker, later identified as Cuma Yasar.

“I was sitting at the front end of the plane and I heard voices at the back of the plane around 30 minutes before we landed,” said Lelya Kilic, one of the 59 passengers aboard flight TK1754 from Oslo.

“I saw a fight between passengers and a man with a mask, carrying a device that looked like a radio handset.”

The bomb was found to be a fake. No-one was injured in the incident.