False hijack alarm in Saudi plane passengers evacuated immediately

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False hijack alarm - Authorities say, hijacking on a Saudia airlines plane at Manila Airport was a false alarm.

The pilot informed air traffic controllers the aircraft was "under threat" but authorities later said there was no danger.

Saudi Arabian Airlines - attributed the incident to a "false alarm for hijacking".

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.

Chief of Metro Manila Police told a local radio station "there is a situation" at the airport and said he was travelling there immediately.

The plane landed at around 3pm local time (8am BST), according to local reports, with television footage showing emergency services at the scene.

The incident came as millions of Muslims return from carrying out the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Saudi Arabian cities of Mecca and Medina.

Security is high in the Philippines amid an Islamist insurgency by the Isis-affiliated Abu Sayyaf group in the south and the ongoing "war on drugs" waged by President Rodrigo Duterte.

More than 3,000 suspected drug users and dealers have been killed by security forces and vigilantes, raising international alarm over the judicial process.
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