MANILA: A commercial flight from Saudi Arabia was placed in total isolation upon landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport here on Tuesday afternoon.
In a statement, the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) said it received information from the Manila Control Tower that Saudia flight SVA 872 from Jeddah was “under threat” 20 miles before landing.
The plane is carrying returning pilgrims from the annual haj. Passengers should have disembarked at 1pm local time.
Miaa said it is still confirming reports that the plane was hijacked, adding that it was isolated for security protocol.
It said authorities were conducting standard operating procedure in accordance with the airport emergency plan.
Situation in the area remains unclear. Personnel of the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group airport authorities and airline executives are on site. – Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network
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