Saudia plane isolated in Manila after false distress call


MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials say a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane from Jeddah made a distress call Tuesday shortly before landing at Manila’s airport and was placed in isolation after it touched down, but the flight crew later said they made a mistake in sending the emergency message.

Manila airport manager Eddie Monreal said authorities deployed security forces around the aircraft as a precaution. Passengers were later allowed to disembark.

He said the captain told the control tower that a button indicating a hijacking was in progress had been pushed accidently.

TV stations showed Flight SV872 parked near a ramp with security personnel standing nearby while passengers descended from a staircase.

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