An Ethiopian airlines passenger jet has reportedly been hijacked and forced to land at Geneva airport, Euronews informs.

The police are quoted as saying a hijacker has been arrested, no-one has been hurt and the situation is “under control”, adding that the airport was temporarily closed.

Earlier the airline said that flight ET702 which had left Addis Ababa on its way to Rome had been forced to go to Geneva and that all passengers and crew were safe.

The reason for the hijacking remains unclear, although there are unconfirmed reports that at least some of those on board the aircraft may have been asking for asylum, reports the BBC.