One of the busiest in Spain, Palma de Mallorca Airport in the Balearic Islands was closed for nearly four hours on Friday night. The decision to stop traffic was made after a Moroccan airline’s plane crashed into the runway, and a group of passengers left the deck of the machine and began to flee.
A Royal Air Marroc plane flying from Morocco to Turkey landed in Palma de Mallorca due to the alleged emergency of a passenger requiring urgent medical attention. When the plane door was opened to evacuate the sick person, about 20 passengers disembarked and ran in different directions.
The airport was closed and the Civil Guard began searching for escapees. So far, five of them have been detained – reports “El Pais”.
According to the newspaper, investigators are considering a scenario in which the entire emergency landing incident was staged in order to enter Spain illegally. The passenger, who was supposed to feel unwell during the flight, was taken to hospital, where he was found to be in perfect health. He was arrested for “helping with illegal migration”, the daily reports. Another passenger who accompanied him to the hospital disappeared.
For safety reasons, air traffic in Palma de Mallorca has been suspended. Flights to the island’s capital were either diverted or diverted to other nearby airports and departures were temporarily suspended.
Due to the incident, 13 planes flying to Palma were diverted to other airports and 16 departures were significantly delayed, airport authorities said. The airport reopened around midnight, after nearly four hours.
Security services are investigating incidents at the airport. A threatening situation for citizens has been ruled out.
PAP, Straits Times, El Pais
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