KARACHI: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane was forced to return and land in Karachi after a passenger claimed that the plane could be hijacked.
The PIA plane, which was flying from Karachi to Bahawalpur, was forced to land after there were threats of a hijacking.
Express News correspondent Aftab Khan reported that the flight, PK-586, had taken off from Jinnah International Airport at 1:09pm.
A passenger on board the flight had informed the staff that he could hijack the plane. The captain was immediately informed about the development, who spoke to the control tower to inform them that he wants to bring the plane back to Karachi.
The plane, which had over 50 passengers on board, landed back in Karachi at 1:40pm and the passenger was taken into custody by the ASF for interrogation.
Express News reported that the passenger who had made the hijacking threat had said that he was joking with the air hostess.
A passenger on board the flight, identified as Dr Samina, said that the captain or airhostesses had not informed them that there was a hijack threat.
She said that the passenger had gone to the washroom when he had spoken to the airhostess. No sign of confrontation was reported and the passengers were not aware of what had been going on.
All passengers inside the plane were reported to be safe.