The incident took place around 3:30 pm on Saturday just as the aircraft was taxiing for take off.
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- It was found the pilot had erroneously switched on the emergency button
- Aircraft was called to return to the isolation bay
- Plane was cleared for take off after two hours
A hijack scare sent Delhi airport officials into a tizzy after the pilot of a Kandahar-bound Ariana Afghan Airlines flight accidently pushed the emergency button.
The incident took place around 3:30 pm on Saturday just as the aircraft was taxiing for take off. The aircraft had 9 crew members and 124 passengers onboard when the incident took place.
After investigations it was found out that the pilot of the aircraft had erroneously switched on the emergency button. The aircraft was called to return to the isolation bay.
Kandahar bound flight FG-312 was scheduled to depart from Delhi Airport at around 3:45 pm today but aviation security at the airport was alerted after Ariana Afghan Airlines pilot mistakenly pressed the hijack button at Delhi International Airport: CISF Sources
ANI (@ANI) November 10, 2018
After a two-hour operation that created panic among the passengers on board the aircraft, the plane was cleared for take-off.
Officials said that pressing the ‘hijack button’ had pushed all agencies concerned, including the anti-terror force National Security Guard (NSG), into action.
NSG commandos and officials of other agencies swiftly responded to the situation and surrounded the aircraft.
The aircraft was cleared for departure on confirmation that it was an error by the captain, an official said.
Before the flight was allowed to fly out, secondary security checks were carried out and customs clearance of all passengers was taken.
(With PTI inputs)