Saudi Airlines plane isolated in Manila after hijacking ‘false alarm’

MANILA, Sept. 20 (UPI) — A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight was isolated in the Philippines’ Manila International Airport on Tuesday after the threat of a hijacking, which the airline later said was a false alarm.

The Manila International Airport Authority said it received an advisory from a control tower that Saudia Airlines Flight SV872 was “under threat.”

Passengers were kept inside of the aircraft after landing so authorities could inspect the carrier and its occupants. Passengers were later allowed to disembark.

“False alarm for hijacking SV flight #872,” Saudia Airlines wrote on Twitter.

Eddie Monreal, general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority, said the plane’s distress call was a “pilot mistake.” The agency and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines will independently investigate the pilot for pressing the emergency button twice.

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