Pakistani who threatened to ‘hijack’ plane at KKIA remanded four days

cuffsKOTA KINABALU: A Pakistani man, who allegedly threatened to hijack a plane at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport here Friday, has been remanded for four days for further investogations.

The Pakistani, who was arrested by police as he was about to board a flight bound for Bandar Seri Begawan was produced before a Magistrate for the remand order, said Kota Kinabalu City police chief Asst Comm M. Chandra (picture below).

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The man had allegedly uttered the words “I am going hijack your airplane’’ to an airline staff who had asked him for his passport before he boarded the flight at Gate 2 of the airport at around 8.40am.

The 62-year-old Pakistani, who is businessman in Putatan here, was escorted of the plane under by Malaysia Airport Berhad security personnel on orders of the flight’s captain after an airline staff informed him of the hijack threat.

ACP Chandra said initial investigation showed that as normal practice, the staff requested politely for the passport before allowing the passenger to board the plane.

However, the man had become irritated and angry and purportedly issued the threat to hijack the aircraft.

He said the airline staff told him not to speak like that but allowed him into the aircraft before informing the captain about the man’s threat.

He said that police searched through the man’s bag that checked in and found nothing hazardous or explosive inside.