Spanish officials said a group of 28 Moroccans fled from a plane en route from Casablanca bound for Istanbul after it crash-landed at El Prat airport in Barcelona, Spain, adding in statements to local media that the emergency was caused by a pregnant woman on board who claimed she was in labor.
Spanish police arrested half of the fugitives who were believed to have tried to enter Spain illegally, including a pregnant woman.
This follows a similar incident last November in Mallorca.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the group that jumped off the plane on Wednesday morning was on a Pegasus flight from Casablanca to Istanbul. This happens as soon as the emergency landing doors are opened.
Of the 14 detainees, five were returned to the plane, the rest were deported to Morocco, and 14 people managed to escape from the security forces.
The pregnant woman was taken to the hospital, where no evidence was found that she had given birth, to be arrested on charges of disturbing the peace and is part of a group subject to deportation.
On November 5, 2021, an Air Arabia aircraft made an emergency landing on the same route at Son Sant Joan Airport in Palma after a man with diabetes collapsed.
This incident raised serious questions about the safety of airports and immigration routes in Europe. There has been speculation that the method of entry into Europe, dubbed “patera aeria” or airboat by some Spanish media, may have set a precedent in aviation history.
In recent years, tens of thousands of African migrants have tried to cross the Mediterranean to the Spanish mainland and the Balearic Islands, or from the Atlantic Ocean to the Canary Islands.