The Spanish authorities revealed that a number of passengers of a plane that made an emergency landing at Palma de Mallorca airport in the Balearic archipelago, fled from the airport runway.
In the details, the Spanish Civil Guard indicated to Agence France-Presse that "the plane, which was on a flight between Morocco and Turkey, was allowed to make an emergency landing in Palma de Mallorca, after receiving a report that one of its passengers was feeling ill," explaining that "during the evacuation of the supposed patient from The plane, about 20 passengers, took the opportunity to escape from it, got down on the runway and fled before the authorities arrested two of them.
Investigators believe that the escaped passengers orchestrated the emergency landing of the plane with the intent to enter Spain illegally, according to El Pais newspaper.
El Pais said that "the passenger, who claimed to feel ill, was taken to the hospital, where he was found to be in good health, so the police arrested him on charges of aiding illegal immigration and violating the Foreigners Act," noting that "another person accompanied the passenger who claimed illness to the hospital and took refuge in turn." to flee"
The newspaper confirmed that "the authorities arrested five of the passengers who escaped, in addition to the one who claimed illness."
The FlightRadar 24 website, which specializes in monitoring air traffic, revealed that "the plane that made an emergency landing in Palma de Mallorca was an Airbus A320, belonging to Air Arabia (Morocco), and it was on a flight between Casablanca and Istanbul.
It is worth noting that 13 planes heading to Palma were changed to other airports, as a result of this accident, and 16 departure flights suffered significant delays, while the airport reopened around midnight on Friday, about four hours after it was closed.