GCAA denies hijacking of a flydubai plane in Iranian airspace

Contrary to reports on social media, incident related to air-rage according to the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority

epa05219500 A picture dated on 17 November 2011 shows an aircraft (Front) owned by Fly Dubai Airlines landing at Dubai International Airport during the Dubai Air Show in Gulf emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Fly Dubai Flight FZ981, from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don, crashed during its landing approach, at Rostov-on-Don Airport, Russia, on 19 March 2016. The Boeing-737 was carrying 55 passengers, four of whom were children, and 6 crew members, all of whom who died when the plane crashed some 50 to 100 meters left of the runway, according to airport authorities.  EPA/ALI HAIDER *** Local Caption *** 52656729
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The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) denied on Wednesday reports that were being circulated on social media about an attempt to hijack a plane belongs to the budget national carrier flydubai in Iranian airspace.

Saif Al Suwaidi, director general of the GCAA, emphasised that flight FZ301, which was heading from Dubai to Kabul, had returned to Dubai and that all the passengers resumed their journey on a flight that left Dubai International Airport at 8.31am.

“The accidental incident happened as a result of a behaviour of one of the passengers who was detained by the competent authorities upon the arrival of the plane to the airport,” he explained.

Some initial reports on social media had suggested that a passenger on the plane had tried to the access cockpit by threatening cabin crew with a knife.