Police surrounded a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight at Manila airport on Tuesday after reports that it was “under threat”, with passengers not allowed to disembark following a false alarm about a hijacking incident.
A reported hijacking on a Saudia airlines plane at Manila Airport was a false alarm, authorities said.
The pilot informed air traffic controllers the aircraft was “under threat” but authorities later said there was no danger.
In a statement its official Twitter account, Saudia – also known as Saudi Arabian Airlines – attributed the incident to a “false alarm for hijacking”.
The Manila International Airport Authority said investigations were underway on Tuesday afternoon after the plane mistakenly sent a distress call.
Flight SV872, from Jeddah, was 20 miles from landing when the threat was reported, with controllers sending the Boeing 777 to land in an isolated area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Passengers were later allowed to disembark from the aircraft.