Pakistani Plane Hijack Bid Foiled in Dubai
An Egyptian passenger carrying a forged passport tried to hijack a London-bound Pakistani plane during a stopover in Dubai, police and airline officials said Monday.
They said the unnamed man was overpowered by police in Sunday's incident on board the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight from Karachi.
The passenger pulled out a butter knife and grabbed an oxygen bottle and ordered the pilot to take off for London after refusing to submit his passport for a routine security check of documents, PIA area manager Shahid Latif told AFP.
He said Dubai police were not filing charges against the man, who was accompanied by a pregnant wife and two children, and that he was to be deported back to Karachi for carrying a forged Belgian passport.
The London flight took off after a delay of three and a half hours.
One of the many routes for illegal entry into Britain is Dubai because of its high number of international transit flights and onward connections, a British embassy official said -- DUBAI (AFP)
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