Saudi Plane Isolated in Manila After False Distress Call

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -
In this image made from video, people disembark a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane from Jeddah as it is parked at the airport in Manila, the Philippines, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (AP Photo)
In this image made from video, people disembark from a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane from Jeddah as it is parked at the airport in Manila, the Philippines, Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Philippine officials say a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane from Jeddah made a distress call Tuesday shortly before landing at Manila’s airport and was placed in isolation after it touched down, but the flight crew later said they made a mistake in sending the emergency message.

Manila airport manager Eddie Monreal said authorities deployed security forces around the aircraft as a precaution. Passengers were later allowed to disembark. He said the captain told the control tower that a button indicating a hijacking was in progress had been pushed accidentally.

Media stations showed Flight SV872 parked near a ramp with security personnel standing nearby while passengers descended from a staircase.