Spanish police were searching for 14 people who fled after a plane made an emergency landing at Barcelona’s airport on Wednesday to get help from a pregnant woman who allegedly pretended she was about to give birth. .
The Spanish government’s office in the Catalan region announced the incident when a Pegasus Airlines flight from Casablanca, Morocco to Istanbul, carrying 228 passengers, requested an emergency landing at Josep Taladeras Barcelona El Prat Airport. said to have occurred.
As the woman was evacuating the plane, 27 passengers got off the plane without permission and “attempted to flee,” officials said.
Police stopped 13 of them. His remaining 14 evaded police at the airport and continued on the run.
The woman, who was believed to be in labor, was taken into custody on charges of obstruction of justice after doctors at the hospital determined she was pregnant but did not intend to give birth.
Of the 13 fleeing passengers detained by police, five agreed to return to the plane and head to Istanbul. The remaining eight have undergone procedures to be denied entry into Spain and are expected to be put on another Pegasus flight out of the country.
The Spanish government office did not disclose the nationalities of the passengers.
Turkey-based low-cost airline Pegasus operates 82 international flights covering 44 countries, according to the company. website.
It was the second time in more than a year that a flight from Morocco to Turkey had passengers feigning medical conditions and made an emergency landing in Spain, forcing dozens to flee the plane.
On November 5, 2021, another plane from Casablanca to Istanbul was forced to make an emergency landing in Mallorca after one of its passengers appeared to be unwell.
Twenty-one more escaped after the passengers and their companions were removed from the plane.
The passenger, who appeared to be in a diabetic coma, was taken to a hospital, but was fine and arrested, and the passenger fled.
in total, Police arrested 12 peopleanother 12 people, including a passenger who caused chaos on the plane, managed to escape, prompting a manhunt.
All but one were believed to be Moroccan.
AFP contributed to this report.
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