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Plane evacuated after hijack alarm

2010-04-03 16:10

Johannesburg - An aircraft en-route from Zimbabwe to Johannesburg was evacuated minutes after landing when a hijacking signal went off on Saturday, authorities said.

Air traffic control at OR Tambo International airport relayed the hijacking signal it received from Zimbabwe, said a statement from the office of national police boss General Bheki Cele.

The plane was carrying 113 passengers and six crew members.

"Within minutes (after landing) the passengers were tactically removed to a safe isolated area where they were thoroughly screened," it said.

Upon further inspection, authorities found that the signal was a false alarm that went off due to a technical error.