A Pakistan International Airlines plane with 50 people on board was forced to make an emergency landing at the Karachi airport today after a passenger threatened to hijack it following a row with an air hostess.
PIA flight PK-586, which was flying from Karachi to Bahawalpur in Punjab province, turned back to the port city after an air hostess alerted the captain about the passenger's threat, officials said.
The passenger, identified as one Javed, who made the alleged threat was arrested by commandos of the Airport Security Force (ASF) at the Jinnah International Airport. The plane was searched by security forces after being evacuated.
Colonel Farooq, a senior official of the ASF, told reporters that no weapon or other deadly material was found on the person who made the threat.
"He had an argument with a crew member whom he threatened he could hijack the plane after which the captain was informed about the situation," he said.
"The cabin crew immediately informed the captain about the passenger's threat and he than spoke to the control tower to inform them that he wants to bring the plane back to Karachi," he said.
According to Express news channel, the passenger told the ASF during interrogation that he was joking with the air hostess.
A passenger on board the flight, identified as Dr Samina, said that the captain or air hostesses 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 air hostess.
No sign of confrontation was reported and the passengers were not aware of what had been going on.