Saudi plane isolated at Manila airport after false hijack alarm
A Saudi Arabian Airlines plane was temporarily isolated after landing at Manilaâ€™s Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday following a false hijack alarm, airline and airport officials said.
Saudi state television said the incident was over, and passengers could be seen disembarking from flight 872, which was travelling from the Saudi city of Jeddah to Manila. Earlier, a pilot on board had advised the airportâ€™s control tower that the plane was â€œunder threatâ€.
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â€œWe instructed (the) aircraft to proceed to (the) isolated area,â€ the airportâ€™s general manager Edmund Monreal told reporters. â€œIt is fortunate that upon landing â€¦ the crew said they made a mistake.
However, we can never play around with safety and security.â€ â€œIt (the button) was unintentionally pushed. But the problem is it was pushed twice.â€ Monreal added that the plane would be checked thoroughly anyway as a security precaution.
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In a text message to Reuters, Roberto Lim, undersecretary for aviation at the Department of Transportation, said police were â€œstill monitoring as to why a hijack signal was issued by the pilotâ€ adding, â€œpersons will be interviewedâ€
Source tribune news