MANILA – Saudia Airlines flight SV872 from Jeddah to Manila landed safely at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after a distress signal from the pilot received by Manila area control center at 2:13 p.m. of a distress code: squawking 7500, a code use by pilot that a hijacking incident is in progress on board.
Immediately the flight was given priority landing by airport authorities at 2:38 p.m. and was directed to park on the remote bay and isolated for security procedures.
At 5:00 p.m. MIAA airport manager Ed Monreal reported that apparently the pilot committed an error activating the 7500 squawking signal and that all passengers are now ferried out and transported to the NAIA terminal building.
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) investigators are now conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the incident. Appropriate penalties and sanctions will be imposed on the erring pilot if result is indeed a human error. PNA/northboundasia.com