A passenger claiming there was a bomb on board tried to divert an Istanbul-bound plane to Sochi, Russia, where the Olympics are kicking off, a Turkish official says.

The Transport Ministry undersecretary told a private NTV television station that the plane landed safely in Istanbul.

The official says authorities are trying to convince the passenger to give himself up.

News reports say the plane was a Pegasus Airlines flight.

A spokeswoman for the airline declined comment.