Watch: Video inside Saudia Airlines flight held in isolation over ‘distress call’

  • A video inside the Saudia plane that was placed in isolation over an alleged threat has been uploaded on Facebook
  • The short clip showed the passengers inside who appeared calm but are waiting for clearance to disembark
  • The NAIA authorities clarified the ‘threat’ was a false alarm

MANILA, Philippines – A video taken inside the Saudia Airlines flight which was placed in isolation at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) following a ‘distress call’ sent by the pilot has emerged on Facebook hours after the incident.

The video was taken by Princess Habibah Sarip, a PTV 4 news reporter, who uploaded it on her Facebook account.

According to Sarip, there were no hijacking incident or any threat inside the plane as earlier feared. She also showed scenes inside the aircraft where passengers appeared calm, although they were not allowed to disembark immediately because of the security protocol that was in place.

The 3-minute clip also showed trucks and other vehicles surrounding the aircraft following reports that airport security will be inspecting the luggage of the passengers.

Sarip said they were held inside the cabin for nearly three hours, waiting for the clearance from the airlines and airport management.

Most of the passengers are overseas Filipino workers and those who have just returned from the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, including Indonesian nationals holding Philippine passports.

A report from ABS-CBN News said Saudia Flight 872 is carrying 413 passengers from Jeddah and landed at NAIA around 3:00 pm before it was placed in an isolation area at Runway 6.

The Manila control tower reportedly received a warning that the plane was under ‘threat’ about 20 miles before it landed.

It turned out, however, that the pilot sent the distress call by mistake; this was clarified by NAIA Terminal 1 General Manager Ed Monreal in a press briefing later in the afternoon.

Monreal said the captain will be subject for investigation over the lapse.

Watch Sarip’s video below: