Runaway passengers arrested after emergency landing in Mallorca

Twelve passengers were arrested on the Spanish island of Mallorca who fled their plane after an emergency landing. Twelve others are still being sought.

A plane from Moroccan airline Air Arabia Maroc had taken off last night in Casablanca for a flight to Istanbul in Turkey. Because a passenger would have fallen ill, an emergency landing was made at Mallorca airport in the Mediterranean Sea.

As soon as the doors were opened after the emergency landing, a group of more than twenty passengers took off. Among them was also the ‘sick’, for whom the crash landing was made. Because the passengers were walking down the runway, the airport had to close. Flights were diverted to other airports for a few hours.

Orchestrated or spontaneous?

The Spanish police managed to find out twelve passengers. They were arrested. Among them was the โ€œsick personโ€, who was taken to a hospital, but proved to be nothing wrong.

The police do not yet know why the passengers took off after landing. It is also not clear whether it was an orchestrated action or if it happened spontaneously.

Some Spanish media reports that it was an attempt to enter the country illegally, but that has not been confirmed. None of the fleeing passengers have applied for asylum.