Saudia Airlines flight held in ‘isolation’ at NAIA over alleged threat

  • A Saudia Airlines flight has been held in isolation at NAIA due to alleged threat
  • The plane just landed from Jeddah around 3:00 on Tuesday
  • Operations remains normal at NAIA despite the situation

MANILA, Philippines – A Saudia Airlines flight has been held in isolation at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) over alleged ‘threat’ on Tuesday afternoon, September 20.

A report by ABS-CBN News said Saudia Flight No. SVA 872 landed at NAIA around 3:00 pm and was placed immediately in an isolation area at runway 6.

The flight reportedly carries more than 300 passengers, mostly overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

The plane came from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and the passengers were initially not allowed to disembark as anti-hijacking police surrounded the aircraft while implementing standard operating procedures “in accordance with the emergency plan for plan 4.”

There were no immediate information about the nature of the alleged ‘threat’ but an ABS-CBN source said the Manila control tower had advised the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) Emergency Services Department that the plane is under threat 20 miles before it landed at NAIA.

Operations at the NAIA remains normal, however, according to some passengers.

Initial reports suggested the pilot may have just sent the message to the control tower by mistake which alerted the authorities.

NAIA Terminal 1 General Manager Ed Monreal is holding a press conference about the emergency situation as of this posting.