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‘Hijacked’ Saudi passenger plane isolated at Manila airport


Manila: A Saudi Arabian passenger plane, carrying 300 persons on-board, was suspected to have been hijacked and placed at an isolated position in Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport immediately after it landed here on Tuesday afternoon, media reported.

The passengers of Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SV 872, which took off from Jeddah shortly before midnight (local time), were being checked one-by-one to confirm whether or not it had been hijacked, reported.

The alarm followed the pilot having reportedly pressed a hijack ‘panic button’.

Before landing, the plane’s pilots reportedly told the Manila airport control tower that the plane was “under threat” and asked for emergency assistance, saying emergency 4 — a code that could mean possible hijacking in airline jargon, Xinhua news agency reported.

TV footage showed emergency service vehicles scrambled as the plane touched down around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, escorting the jet to a secure area.

The aircraft was being held “in total isolation”, according to media reports.

Airport authorities were trying to establish communication with the pilots and were yet to issue an official statement on the incident.


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